Meghalaya says no to citizenship Bill

Opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has now come from the Meghalaya government where the BJP is in an alliance.

The BJP is pushing for the Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The Conrad K. Sangma-Cabinet has decided to say no to the Bill proposed by the BJP at the Centre, Meghalaya’s Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Tuesday. The decision was taken ahead of the Joint Parliamentary Committee’s scheduled visit to the hill State on May 10-11.

Both Mr. Sangma and Mr. Tynsong belong to the National People’s Party, which heads the multi-party alliance that includes two BJP legislators. One of these MLAs, Alexander L. Hek, is a Minister in the Sangma Cabinet.

“If this amendment is passed, it will pose a great threat to the people of Meghalaya who are in minority,” Mr. Tynsong said.