SHILLONG, Feb 13: Cutting across party lines, political leaders in Meghalaya heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday as the much opposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 lapsed in the Rajya Sabha.
For some it was a much deserved victory for the people of the North East while for few others it was something which has paved way for regionalism in the region.
“I thank the God that the Bill could not be tabled and I know if the Bill was passed, the entire North East would have been in flames,” said NPP State president, WR kharlukhi.
Flipping back the pages of history to the foreigner’s movement in 1979-80, Kharlukhi said that he feared that the repercussion would have been grave if the Bill was passed.
He upheld the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and other leaders of NESO for their tireless effort to see that the bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha.
Stating that the MDA Government was opposed to it right from the beginning, PDF leader, Hamlet Dohling appreciated Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and NESO for their efforts in safeguarding the interest of the indigenous people.
“This has paved way for the NE states to come together for a common cause like the CAB,” said Dohling.
Meanwhile, UDP senior leader, Allan Dkhar said that it is a historic moment for the region as whole that the Bill has lapsed.
“Weeks and months of dedicated opposition to the Bill have finally borne fruit and this is not just an eye opener but an awakener for the Citizens of Meghalaya and the region that we have to be awake to the reality and time has come for us to be self reliant and self dependent,” said Dkhar.
Independent MLA, Lambor Malngiang too expressed happiness that the Bill has finally lapsed.
“It is victory for the people of the region and more so as it calls for celebration as this has united the NE region to stand up for what is right for them,” said Malngiang.