'If The Citizenship Bill Is Passed, NPP Will Break Its Ties With NDA', Says Meghalaya CM Sangma

| February 10 , 2019 , 10:29 IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday said that his party will quit the BJP-led NDA if the proposed legislation is passed in Rajya Sabha.

The national general body meeting of the National People's Party (NPP) also resolved to snap ties with the BJP-led NDA if the Citizenship Amendment Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The NPP adopted a resolution on its decisions at its general body convention here during the day in which its leaders from all the four northeastern states where it is holding power or backing the government were present.

Sangma informed media that "the party took a unanimous resolution to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and based on that decision, a resolution was passed. If the bill is passed, the NPP will break its ties with the NDA."

"This decision was taken today at the general body meeting," he said, adding the NPP will submit the party's resolution to the Centre for information and its consideration.

He said the resolution was adopted after receiving reports from various states in the region on the opposition to the bill.

Speaking to media, Sangma said, "We are keen to contest all the Lok Sabha seats in the northeast and will work out how to go forward. The party election committee will work on it," Mr Sangma, unanimously re-elected national president of NPP."

Besides being in power in Meghalaya, the NPP backs the BJP governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.

The bill, being vehemently opposed in the Northeast, was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 and the Centre has said it will try to get the Rajya Sabha nod in this budget session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting at Changsari in Assam Saturday assured the people of the region that the bill will in no way cause harm to their interests.

"It is a national commitment to the people of the Northeast that they will not be harmed in any way and citizenship will be only granted after due investigation and recommendation of the state governments," he said.

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The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government was the first to make public its stand on the bill and the state cabinet had adopted a resolution on it officially last year.

Sangma had convened a meeting of all regional parties of the Northeast in Guwahati in January where chief ministers of Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim agreed to unitedly oppose the controversial bill.