Conrad urges the Centre to invite all stakeholders to discuss and arrive at a consensus over CAB

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Take NE into confidence on Citizenship Bill: Meghalaya CM to Shah

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 9: With the fears of CAB being brought back which would, allegedly, negate the NRC process, many were expecting a statement from the Union home minister Amit Shah who visited Guwahati on Monday.

However, standing strong again the dynamic leader Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma who had voiced strongly against the CAB earlier informed the Union minster Amit Shah that the Northeast has fears on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and urged him to take all the states of the region into confidence before bringing in the legislation again.

Addressing the fourth conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) here in the presence of Shah, Sangma questioned whether the Centre will bypass discussions with the states before reintroducing the bill.”What will happen after CAB? Will people continuously come from Bangladesh? Will there be any deadline or a continuous flow? We in Northeast have such fears,” Sangma said.

He requested the Centre to invite all stakeholders to discuss and arrive at a consensus over the issue.”We are under the sixth schedule. So will the CAB overlook local laws? Please invite us and look into the interests of the people of the Northeast. Remove our fears. I believe you (Shah) will take care of our fears,” Sangma told the Union minister.

Notably, the Bill provided for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after Six years of residence in India instead of 11 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on January 8 but it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. (With inputs from PTI)

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