10 North East political parties, JD(U) oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 'in one voice' after meeting in Guwahati

A meeting among representatives of ten political parties of the northeast along with the Janata Dal (United) at Guwahati, unanimously decided that the parties would oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said.

FP Staff January 29, 2019 15:30:45 IST
10 North East political parties, JD(U) oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 'in one voice' after meeting in Guwahati
  • The 10 political parties that have opposed the bill are members of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance

  • The JD(U) has also joined these parties from the North East to oppose the proposed legislation

  • Representatives from the North East plan to approach Ram Nath Kovind and Narendra Modi and request them to withdraw the bill

Ten political parties of the North East, along with the Janata Dal (United), have unanimously decided to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said after a meeting among representatives of the parties at Vivanta Taj in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Besides the JD(U), which forms the Bihar government with the BJP, the 10 political parties that met to discuss the bill on Tuesday are members of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). Among them is the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which recently snapped ties with the saffron party in Assam over the proposed legislation.

10 North East political parties JDU oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill in one voice after meeting in Guwahati

File image of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma. Team 101Reporters

"Mainstream parties have always failed to look after the concerns of the North East," News18 quoted JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi as having said from Bihar after the meeting. The JD(U)'s North East in-charge NSN Lotha represented the party at the meeting in Guwahati.

The 10 parties from the North East that participated in the meeting are the Mizo National Front (MNF), United Democratic Party (UDP), AGP, Naga Peoples' Front (NPF), National Peoples' Party (NPP), National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Hill State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Khnam.

"This meeting is the outcome of a natural process as we felt we must come together and oppose the bill in one voice," NPP president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma told the Hindustan Times.

Sangma said it was decided at the meeting that representatives will approach President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request them to withdraw the bill.

Protests against the bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim nationals from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India, have rocked the region.

AGP president and former state agriculture minister Atul Bora, who recently resigned from the Sarbananda Sonowal Assam Cabinet, was quoted by News18.com as having said that "every political party in the region has realised the way the ruling party is trying to impose the bill" upon them.

"They do not have the consent of the people of the region. This meeting will surely give a major momentum to the ongoing movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the region," Bora had said.

Those opposing it have held that the bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on 8 January, would harm the rights of the indigenous people and lead to an influx of immigrants in the region. Earlier on Tuesday, the Nagaland Cabinet rejected the bill following pressure from various tribal organisations and students bodies.

The announcement is bound to make the BJP distinctly uneasy as the North Easy together accounts for 25 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP, either on its own or with NEDA allies, is in power in all the eight states in the North East at present.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

'No relations with LJP': BJP slams Chirag Paswan over criticism of Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar polls
India

'No relations with LJP': BJP slams Chirag Paswan over criticism of Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar polls

Paswan has been seeking to win over BJP by praising its top brass, however, he has been critical of party ally and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar over the state govt's policies

Bihar elections: Tejashwi Yadav unveils RJD's manifesto; '10 lakh jobs' is key poll promise
Politics

Bihar elections: Tejashwi Yadav unveils RJD's manifesto; '10 lakh jobs' is key poll promise

Appealing to voters with a "vow" to bring about change in Bihar, Tejashwi said that the party will work to equip the state to compete with the national employment average.

BJP activist Rajeev Parashar arrested for duping people by promising Assam govt jobs
India

BJP activist Rajeev Parashar arrested for duping people by promising Assam govt jobs

A senior police officer said the BJP member was also allegedly involved in the controversial recruitment in the state Panchayat and Rural Development Department