Shillong: Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Tripura Chief Minister Biplap Kumar Dey and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu allayed all fears of a negative impact on the indigenous people of the Northeast if the Citizens amendment bills (CAB) is pushed through by the Union Government.
Amidst the razing storm raised by the political parties and pressure groups across the northeastern States against the CAB, Rijiju told newsmen here on Friday that the proposed legislation has already been discussed between the Union Home Minister Amit Shah where the views and concerns of the indigenous people of the Northeast have been heard and considered
“When the Bill finally comes up for discussion in the Parliament, it will become very clear that the indigenous people of the region are well protected and are given all kinds of support by the Government of India. So there is nothing to worry for the people of Northeast region,” stated Rijiju a prominent BJP leader from Arunachal Pradesh.
While Rijiju downplayed all fears of the northeasterners on the content of the CAB, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that his State is not inclined to be brought under the ambit of the CAB.
Informing that a delegation from the State met the Union Home Minister few days, Khandu said, “Since Arunachal Pradesh is already protected under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation and Chin Hills Regulation, so we have requested the Union Government to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the purview of the proposed CAB.” He also said that he has not seen the Bill that will be placed in Parliament as a reason that restrained him from jumping into a conclusion.
On the issue of NRC, Khandu stated, “Having NRC is good for every State. Some are just assuming the impact of CAB and NRC. My request to them is to read and understand the CAB and NRC.