CoHSO urges political parties to sever ties with BJP

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CoHSO members stage hunger strike in Shillong protesting against the Citizenship Bill. File Photo.

SHILLONG, Feb 18: Reacting to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) intentions to bring back the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisations (CoHSO) has asked political parties to sever ties with this national party.

“We urge the different political parties to consider withdrawing support to the BJP. How will you continue to work with a party which is attempting to bulldoze the indigenous communities?” CoHSO leader and HANM president L Kharbani said on Monday.

Also appealing to all the members and workers of the BJP in Meghalaya to pull out of the party, Kharbani said, “We would also like to suggest to you to consider closing down the office of the party in different parts of the state if you are for the cause of the indigenous people.”

Condemning the BJP chief Amit Shah’s statement wherein he said that the party would bring back the CAB if elected to power after the Lok Sabha polls, the CoHSO leader said that such statements only indicate that the party has no respect for the sentiment of the people of the region.

“The move of the BJP to provide legal citizenship to immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan is an attempt to trample upon the rights of the indigenous people in Meghalaya and the North East as a whole,” he said.

Meanwhile, CoHSO has further reiterated its demand for the immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Meghalaya.

It also demanded the state government to pass a resolution in the state Assembly to urge the Centre to end the Indo-Nepal peace treaty, which according to the confederation is a curse to the indigenous people.