SHILLONG: BJP legislator from South Shillong, Sanbor Shullai on Thursday threatened to quit from the BJP if the Centre does not exempt the Northeast from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Shullai made this announcement when he was addressing a rally organized by the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisations (CoHSO) held at the Student’s Field in Jaiaw. The rally was held to protest against the passing of the bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8.
“I am scared of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and not of (the results) elections,” Shullai said. “This coming Tuesday we are going to meet the Prime Minister and set a month’s deadline to exempt the North-east from the bill,” he said.
“If the Central Government does not pay heed to our demands I am ready to leave the BJP,” Shullai said. He also said that he will try to convince his partner in the BJP, and Cabinet Minister AL Hek to resign from the party.
Meanwhile, Health Minister, Hek said that although he appreciated the stand of Shullai he will not take any hasty decisions.
“I will have to consult my party first,” Hek said.
It may be reminded that earlier this month during the BJP National Convention held at Ram Lila Maidan (Ground) New Delhi, Shullai handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the State BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
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