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A delegation of ministers from Meghalaya and Mizoram led by Chief Ministers Conrad Sangma and Pu Zoramthanga respectively on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking “reconsideration” of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“My Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and I had a detailed discussion with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to express the concerns and dissatisfaction of the people of Northeast against the bill,” said Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.
Conrad briefed the Union Minister that all the six coalition partners including UDP, BJP, HSPDP, PDF, NCP and Independents were of the view that the bill will disturb the social fabric of Meghalaya and the North East by posing serious law and order problem in the region.
“The Citizenship Amendment Bill will affect North East to a large extent. The bill is against the spirit of the people of North East as this will have serious repercussions and will create law and order problems in the region,” said the Chief Minister.
When enquired about the Government’s plan if the Centre decides to go ahead with the bill, Conrad said “We will take a call when the time comes. We are still in discussion with them, so I think it will not be a correct time to comment on that.”
Furthermore, the Meghalaya CM told the media that all the Chief Minister’s of Northeast should come together to express their concerns on the issue and stand in unity before the central leadership for the welfare of the entire Northeastern region.
Meanwhile, Mizoram CM, Zoramthanga said there should not be any dilution of the 64-year old Citizenship Act.
“It (amendments) should not be there. Let it be as it is. Let is not be amended as it is proposed. That’s what we want,” Zoramthanga told reporters here today.

Source: TNT-The North East Today