SHILLONG: Three NGOs from Meghalaya — the FKJGP, HNYF and RBYF — on Monday extended full support to the movement spearheaded by the North East Students’ Organizations (NESO) against the intention of the Central Government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“We would like to express shock at this act of betrayal on the part of the Central Government in which a few months ago the JPC has done a consultative exercise in the entire Northeast and the unanimous voice from all sections of the people of North East India including Meghalaya is not to agree with this intention of the Central Government. But the manner in which the Government is going ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill is an act of betrayal against the people of the region with the clear intention to increase the Hindu population in the country, this defeat the basic structure of the Indian Constitution which is based on secularism, we will never accept this legalization of illegal migrantion based on religion,” leaders of the three NGOs said in a statement issued here today.
As an opposition to the Bill, the conglomerate of the three NGOs had already launched our first phase of protest against the Bill by a sit-in demonstration on the 10/05/2018 on the same day we met the JPC members and expressed our concern against the Citizenship Amendment Bill we also submitted memorandum of opposition to the Bill it appears that all our efforts are in vain and this compel us to launch more protests and agitations in days to come with regards to this we will be having a meeting of the three NGOs on the 9/01/2018.
“We are also to remind the State Government which has already expressed its opposition to the Bill but at this critical juncture choose to remain silent, hence we demand that the State government should come forward to oppose this evil design of the Central Government,” they said.
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