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SHILLONG | Jan 30, 2019:

In continuation with their protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Wednesday organised a mass rally at Motphran in Shillong.

The rally was also attended by the NESO, FKJGP, RBYF, Synjuk Ki Samla Shnong, GSU, AJY, Urban Affairs Minister, Hamlet Dohling and Meghalaya State Planning Board Chairman, Lambor Malngiang.

The state has been marred with protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 as social organisations, political parties await the outcome of the upcoming session of the Rajya Sabha.

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Northeast India has been on the boil over the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the past few weeks prompting many regional parties to rethink their alliance with the BJP at the Centre and at North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

Addressing the gathering, Chairman of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), Samuel Jyrwa said that the bill will be detrimental to the people of Meghalaya owing to the fact that the state shares a large portion of the border with Bangladesh.

“If people from Bangladesh come to India, where do you think they will land first? Meghalaya and Assam, of course. We know that people from other states will not accept them and where will these Bangladeshi end up in? … in these two states,” said Jyrwa.

Speaking to media persons, Jyrwa said that this rally is part of NESO’s programme to have public rally in each and every state of Northeast India.

He also stated that with the Rajya Sabha’s session starting tomorrow, “We will see and watch what will happen in the Upper House because this bill is against the interest of the indigenous people of the Northeast.”

The streets echoed with slogans like ‘Go Back, Bangladeshis’, ‘We don’t want citizenship bill’, and the likes. The rally was attended by thousands of anti-CAB protestors from across the city and beyond.

The rally was also attended by Shillong Manipuri Students’ Union.

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