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BJP reiterates its commitment to enact the CAB, if voted to power

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 9 2019 2:20PM
BJP reiterates its commitment to enact the CAB, if voted to power
Several organisations have said that any move to bring the Bill back would be firmly resisted Shillong, Apr 09 (HS): The nation witnessed a vigorous protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 in the Northeastern region recently. People from all corners of the seven sisters fought unitedly against the Bill which ultimately led to its lapse in Parliament. Two months later, the contentious Bill hit the headlines once again as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has incorporated its commitment to enact the Bill, if it comes back to power in its poll manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. With the BJP’s poll manifesto including the CAB, organisations like the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) and political parties like National People’s Party (NPP) have reiterated their opposition to the Bill and said that any move to bring the bill back would be firmly resisted. Coming down heavily on the BJP, NESO chairman, Samuel Jyrwa said that his organization would like to send a clear message that it will not allow anyone to “put our future generation at risk, and the movement is on and will continue for uplift, safeguard, protection from both internal and external aggression”. “NESO strongly condemns this move by the BJP as it clearly shows that it has no regard for the welfare of the microscopic indigenous communities of the North East but rather this move is to reduce us to a minority in our own land,” he was also quoted as saying. NPP’s National president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who recently spearheaded a movement against CAB, has said that if the BJP is firm in its stand to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), the NPP is also firm to fight against it. “We have been very particular that this is a bill that we won’t accept and fought against it,” Conrad said while reacting to BJP’s poll promise on the CAB. Pointing out that they have been able to stall the Bill earlier, Conrad said that they had a discussion where it was decided that they will ensure that the sentiments of the people of the NE are always kept in mind. “We have discussed this earlier and so if they are firm and so are we,” the Meghalaya chief minister said. Stating that they have been telling the people that the BJP and NPP are two different parties, Conrad said, “This is why we keep telling people that even if the coalition is there we are different parties and have different ideologies.” It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya cabinet was the first to oppose the CAB and following its passage in the Lok Sabha on January 8 this year. Sangma along with civil society groups, student bodies and political parties of the NE had intensely campaigned against it till the Bill was finally stalled in the Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, Senior National People’s Party (NPP) leader, Prestone Tynsong has reiterated the party’s strong stance against any attempts to move the contentious CAB by saying that the party will continue its fight against any such move. “We are firm in our stand that we will continue to fight against this Bill (CAB),” Tynsong, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, said. Hindusthan Samachar/Dhrubajyoti/Shri Ram\
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