SHILLONG, April 17: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) having stated in its manifesto that it will move for the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) if returns to power after these Lok Sabha polls, the party’s minister in Meghalaya, AL Hek has opined that states should be given the right to decide whether or not to do so within their own respective jurisdictions.
“If the BJP are hell-bent to implement the CAB in the country, we will tell the national leaders that we have no issue but it has to be a state subject and handled by the state the way they want and it cannot be a blanket CAB,” said Hek.
Hek had made this statement here on Wednesday while referring to the BJP manifesto which had found a mention of passing the CAB.
Stating that the Centre may implement but the state understands the core issue and all the pros and cons of the state and its people, Hek said, “Maybe they may pass it but they should leave it to the discretion of the state government to implement whichever way they like”.
Acknowledging that the CAB issue had built up pressure for the BJP in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls and Selsella bye poll in the state, Hek said, “I won’t deny the pressure but in spite of all these people are in favor of the BJP”.
“We have been working hard and wherever we go we get positive responses. I hope we will get to enjoy the victory,” he added.
Asked whether the BJP was contesting the poll just to test the waters, Hek said, “I have been maintaining that the BJP is a national party and should contest all elections and it is not any ceremonial contest we want to win the seats”.
The BJP has put up South Shillong MLA, Sanbor Shullai for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat, Rigman G Momin for the Tura Lok sabha seat and Adorsho Sangma for the Selsella Assembly bye poll.