More than 5000 people gathered together to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at a protest organised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), backed by 30 indigenous organisations.
Ten political parties of the northeastern region, including BJP allies and the JD(U), on Tuesday unanimously decided to oppose the citizenship amendment bill, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the political parties convened by Sangma and AGP President Atul Bora here.
“The meeting was a natural process, considering the opposition of the northeast states to the bill and it is not politically motivated,” Sangma told reporters here.
“Most political parties in the region were protesting against the bill in their own states and so we decided to come together and discuss measures to protect our people and the region,” he added.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who was also present at the meeting, said that a resolution was taken to unanimously oppose the bill which was “dangerous and harmful for the people of the northeast.”
AGP President Atul Bora said that the meeting was “historic” as political parties have unanimously decided to oppose the bill and ensure that it is not passed in the Rajya Sabha.
The ten political partes who participated in the meeting were Mizo National Front (MNF), United Democratic Party (UDP), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), National Peoples’ Party (NPP), National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Hill State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Khnam.
The JD(U) was represented at the meeting by its north east incharge, NSN Lotha.