SHILLONG: The Chairman of North East Students Organization (NESO) Samuel Jyrwa has stated that people from outside the State of Meghalaya and the North-east should not make statements that the people of the region has misunderstood the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
It may be mentioned that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, is aimed at granting citizenship to people belonging to minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The NESO chairman made the statements a few days after national secretary of BJP Rahul Sinha had said there has been misunderstanding concerning the Bill among people and several social organizations in the region.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Jyrwa said, “There are around 170 lakh Bangladeshi Hindu in Bangladesh. So if everyone is granted free entry into the country, the people who will first be affected by this will be the people of North-east.”
He said the statement made by the BJP leader is aimed at misleading the people of the region.
“Him (Sinha) saying that we have misunderstood the bill is like an insult to the minority community of the North-east region as we are highly educated and clearly understand the dangers the Bill poses to the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khasi Student Union (KSU) president Lambokstarwell Marngar said, “The statement made by Rahul Sinha clearly shows that he has no regard for the indigenous people of the region.”
He said the union condemns the statement made by the BJP leader and in the future, before making any statements, he (Sinha) should read the history of Meghalaya first.
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