Meghalaya CM Opposed Citizenship Bill; Called Home Minister Rajnath Singh in The State

To show the state’s angst against the citizenship bill, Union Minister Rajnath Singh was called in by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma  on Friday to convey their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Meghalaya and the other north-eastern States are opposing the Bill that seeks to legitimise the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, because of persecution.

Mr. Sangma, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, told Mr. Singh that all the six coalition partners in the State felt that the Bill would affect Meghalaya’s social fabric and cause a serious law and order problem in the region.

“Everybody in Meghalaya is opposed to the Bill. I urge your good office to reconsider the decision..,” BJP leader and Health Minister Alexander L. Hek told Mr. Singh. Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga too voiced concern over the Bill.