ADVERTISEMENT

11 northeastern political parties oppose Citizenship Bill

11 northeastern political parties oppose Citizenship Bill

Published
Hot News
2 min read
Mumbai: Mizo National Front President Zoramthanga, National People
Guwahati: Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) block National Highway 37 as they stage a demonstration against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Guwahati on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Guwahati: Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) block National Highway 37 as they stage a demonstration against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Guwahati on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Guwahati, Jan 29 (IANS) Eleven northeastern political parties came together here on Tuesday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and decided to appeal to the Central government to scrap the legislation.
The parties from seven states excluding Sikkim participated in a two-day convention and unanimously decided to oppose the Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the convener of the convention, said the parties will send a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind seeking to scrap the Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.
"We have decided to jointly oppose the Bill which will endanger the lives and identity of the indigenous people," he said.
Asked if the parties will come out of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led North East Democratic Alliance, Sangma told the media that the convention was not a political one but it was for the concerns of the people of the region.
"I hope the government will also understand the sentiments of the people of the region over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016," Sangma said.
The Chief Minister said that if the Centre does not pay heed to their demand, the parties would meet again to decide on a future course of action.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga echoed Sangma's remarks saying that if the Bill was passed, it would be "dangerous and harmful for us".
"We all need to think together on steps to oppose it."
--IANS
ah/ksk/bg

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

ADVERTISEMENT
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
ADVERTISEMENT