NPP will continue opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill

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SHILLONG, Feb 18: Maintaining that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is harmful to the indigenous people in the North East, Meghalaya’s Home Minister, James K Sangma said that the National People’s Party (NPP), to which he belongs, will continue to oppose it.

The statement came in the wake of BJP president Amit Shah announcing in Assam on Sunday that the BJP will bring the CAB again if voted to power. Shah had said that the Bill will protect the identity and demography of Assam while adding that there can be no progress without it.

“The Citizenship Amendment Bill is very harmful to the region. We will keep opposing the CAB in whatever format it comes in. Our stand is very clear on that,” James said at the sidelines of a program here on Monday.

“We must all fight against it unitedly (in the North East region) and we will continue to fight against it,” he said.

“If it is brought again, we will continue to oppose it again,” James reiterated.

He also said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), led by the NPP and supported by the regional parties, in Meghalaya will snap its ties with the NDA if the Bill is taken forward.

“Our president was very clear when he said that if the Bill is passed, we will break ties with the BJP. We would like to reiterate that if the Bill is brought again and passed, we will break our ties with the NDA,” he said.

It may be pertinent to note here that the state leadership of the BJP in Meghalaya has also expressed its opposition to the Bill.