SHILLONG: A conglomeration of NGOs of Garo Hills on Saturday held a public meeting at Matchakol A’dinggre’ playground, under the banner “Save Garo Hills, Save North East” and voiced their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The NGOs who took part in the public meeting were—NESO, GSU, ADE and FKJGP. Hundreds of residents also participated in the gathering. The speakers on the occasion blamed the Central Government of treating the people of the North -east as ‘second class’ citizens.
President of GSU, Tengsak Momin, while addressing the gathering, outlined the ‘grave consequences’ of the CAB. “The unabated inflow of illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries, especially Bangladesh, is posing serious threat to our national security,” he said.
He pointed out that the inflow of foreigners will deplete the economic opportunity for of the indigenous tribe.
The GSU president alleged that the NDA government in New Delhi is pushing this ‘notorious’ idea to have a political footprint in West Bengal.
“They want to consolidate their loss in the Hindi heartland. They are polarizing the nation on the lines of religion,” he said.
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