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‘Positive Indication’ says Meghalaya CM Sangma as Rajnath Singh opens doors for talk on Citizenship Bill

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that he will discuss the draft of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 with Civil groups and others Political Parties. Reportedly, Rajnath Singh told Meghalaya Chief Minister K Conrad Sangma and other Political Leaders from the Northeast Region who met him to discuss the controversial Bill which has rocked the northeastern states.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, ‘The Home Minister told us that he would discuss the draft law with other political parties and civil society organisations. I think it is a very positive indication and now everything will move forward only after detailed consultation with everyone’.

In a videotaped statement issued, the chief minister Rajnath Singh mentioned that he is taking the sentiments of the people of the North East into consideration. “We will try our best to ensure that the government does not go ahead with this Bill, and our opposition and our work will continue,” Mr Sangma said.

The Controversial Citizenship Bill ever since passed in Lok Sabha in Winter Session have led to protests in the North-East States. Bill is expected to to be Tabled in the last session of the Current Lok Sabha.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian nationality to people belonging to non-muslim minority communities  — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12, even if they don’t possess any proper document.

Lok Sabha on January 8 cleared the way for Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 amidst massive outrage with Congress staging a walkout from the House. Congress asserted that the Bill has been opposed by many states and it should be sent to select committee.

The legislation had witnessed many protests across Assam. Bhartiya Janta Party ally AGP, Asom Gana Parishad in the Assam government earlier walked out of the BJP led coalition government amid indifferences over Citizenship Bill

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