BJP has not given up on CAB, says party leader

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Shah remark: NPP threatens to snap ties with NDA  

HT Bureau

SHILLONG, Feb 19: Meghalaya Home Minister James P K Sangma has said the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) will snap ties with the NDA if the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is brought again and passed.

Sangma’s statement came a day after BJP president Amit Shah announced in Assam on Sunday that the BJP will reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill again if voted to power.

“Our (NPP) 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,” the senior NPP leader said here.

“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,” he said.

“We must all fight against it unitedly (in the northeast region) and we will continue to fight against it. If it is brought again, we will continue to oppose it,” Sangma added.

The Meghalaya state leadership of the BJP has also expressed opposition to the Bill. BJP MLA and cabinet minister A L Hek had written to the central leadership on the stand of the party’s state unit.

BJP MLA and Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Sanbor Shullai had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, threatening to resign from the party if the bill was passed.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is set to lapse on June 3, when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as it could not be tabled and passed in Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die last Wednesday.

BJP accuses Cong

Meanwhile, accusing the Congress party of misinforming people on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lambasted its bete noire for ‘spreading misinformation’ which in turn led to its lapsing in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Congress is behind this misinformation and conspiracy,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said at a news conference held in Shillong on Monday.

Sinha said that the Bill lapsed in the Parliament because a lot of misinformation was spread to mislead the people.

Maintaining that the BJP has not given up on the CAB, he said the party will reach out to the people by creating awareness about the Bill during the Lok Sabha elections.

Sinha, however, admitted that the Bill was tabled in haste and this has also created a communication gap.

“However, dialogue is the way forward to narrow this gap,” he said while claiming that the Bill aims to create ‘brotherhood’ among the people.

Meanwhile, Sinha further expressed confidence that the BJP will come back to power with a bigger mandate after the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. (With inputs from PTI)

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