SHILLONG: National People’s Party (NPP) MP from Tura, Agatha Sangma said that she voted in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha since many concerns of the Northeast have been looked into and accommodated. “I urge the people to understand that,” Sangma said while speaking to The Sentinel.
It may be mentioned that the MP from Tura has earned the ire of the people of Meghalaya for voting in favour of the CAB.
According to her, she has not gone against her party and voted but it has been done in consultation with the party.
It may be mentioned that the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) in the State had resolved to oppose the CAB.
“We will be protected through ILP and the Sixth Schedule,” the Tura MP said.
She said that the NPP opposed the initial bill where Meghalaya was not exempted even as she added that this new bill exempts the Sixth Scheduled areas which is 97 per cent of the State and this happened after consultation with the northeast stakeholders.
“We are still negotiating with the government to exempt the entire State,” Sangma added.
“…and this exclusion of Sixth Schedule areas is mainly because of the many consultation our party president Conrad Sangma had with union home minister Amit Shah,” she added.