SHILLONG, Feb 13: Taking note of the failure of the BJP-led NDA government to table the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has termed this as a ‘great moment’ for the people of the North East region.
“It is indeed a great and an emotional moment for all the citizens in the North Eastern part of the country. Today the sentiment and voice of the people has prevailed,” Conrad said here on Wednesday.
He thanked the leaders of the eleven political parties, civil societies, student bodies, and others for playing a critical role in ensuring that the voice of the people reaches the leaderships at different levels.
The NPP had also decided to break ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha.
On being asked what would happen if the Centre finds other ways to implement the Bill, Conrad said, “If that situation comes, we will take a stand on that but at this moment it (Bill) has not gone through so I think that is what is important for us.”
Conrad hailed as Iconic Hero of NE
Conrad, who is also the national president of the National People’s Party (NPP), has been leading a delegation of the North East-based political parties in New Delhi to campaign against the Citizenship Bill.
He has also been hailed as the ‘Iconic NE hero’ for his bold stand against the Bill which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
CAB could not be tabled
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 could not be tabled after the Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned sine die following huge disruption by opposition members on Wednesday.
This was the last session of the Rajya Sabha before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.