MDA will continue irrespective of Lok Sabha election results

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SHILLONG, April 16: The results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections will have no bearing on the continuation of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government here as has been asserted by the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

“We are very clear that for us the MDA government will continue. Whatever happens in Delhi is something which the people of this country will decide,” Conrad said on Tuesday.

“The way we have started and how we are doing our work, we will continue to do it in the same way but let us wait for the results and once it comes out only then will we know what is going to happen,” he added.

Conrad also admitted that the issue related to the Citizenship Amendment Bill has been a concern for every single citizen of the North East and the country as a whole.

“There is no doubt that it is an issue and I am sure this will be an issue that people must have thought of during the campaign and also during the voting and that is the reason why all political parties mentioned the CAB,” he said.

Conrad further reminded that NPP of which he is the National President and the MDA government were the first to vehemently oppose the CAB. “We made sure that the people know the stand of the government,” he added.

Stating that the BJP’s stand on the issue has remain unchanged, he however said, “Their stand remains the same even now and we have also been very clear on our stand that we will do whatever it takes to protect the interest of our people and our state.”

When it was pointed out that the NPP is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and other parts of the North East region, Conrad said, “We were very clear that when it comes to the interest of our people that is what matters to us the most.”

It may be noted here that the BJP has declared in its manifesto that the party is committed to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill if it is voted back to power in these Lok Sabha elections.