Political leaders from Northeast India including Meghalaya Chief minister, Conrad K Sangma and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders Atul Bora and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and leaders of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), who have been camping in New Delhi for the past three days to garner support against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) have expressed happiness over the non-passing of the CAB in the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House was adjourned sine dine today. Speaking to media persons, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the voice of the people prevailed, as the Bill was not taken up in the Lok Sabha and it was adjourned sine die on the last day of the budget session of the Parliament.
While terming the political development as a great moment for the people of Northeast, Conrad thanked the citizens, social organizations and political parties for supporting the cause of the region. When enquired about the parties’ stand if the Centre chooses to bring this bill through other channels, Conrad said “If threat situation comes, we will take a stand on that but at this moment now, it has not gone through so that is what is important to us.
In Meghalaya, earlier in the day, the students’ unions of the North Eastern Hill University today staged a rally in the varsity’s premises opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Students thronged the venue, carrying placards and shouting anti-CAB slogans. Various organisations from the University such as NEHUTA, NASA, KSU-NEHU-Unit among others all came together to unanimously oppose the bill. Over hundreds of students belonging to this university participated in the rally accompanied by their teachers. MMP