TURA | NOV 19, 2019:
The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) slammed Home Minister, James PK Sangma for his comments on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016.
In a press release, the MPYC said, “When the whole of NE is opposing it, the National People’s Party (NPP) should do away with hypocrisy and double standards and clear their stand on this communally motivated bill for once and for all,”
The MPYC pointed out that when CAB was introduced in 2016, CM, Conrad K Sangma was the MP of Tura and part of the government that introduced the Bill.
“He was silent then and other than photo ops with central leaders, what did he do to earn the moniker ‘Iconic Hero of North East’,” asked president MPYC, Richard Marak?
The MPYC termed CAB as a fight of ideology that goes against the idea of India as envisioned by freedom fighters who gave up their lives for a free secular democracy.
“The idea of ‘One Nation, One Language, One Religion’ that is being envisioned by the present government is a threat to the very idea of unity and diversity,” they added.
The Congress members accused the NPP of being greedy which is why they were in tuck with the BJP and still supported them.
“Conrad K Sangma should earn the name of ‘Iconic Hero of North East by straightening his spine and dissolving NEDA immediately. Bills like CAB and other communally motivated,” they alleged.
MPYC pointed to the example of J&K where they alleged turmoil and financial crisis were created to allow for the passage of communally motivated Bills unopposed warning the same could happen here as well. They added that the same CM who supported the BJP government there are currently under house arrest.
“India is not a democracy for majoritarian views but a democratic republic in which the rights of each and every individual is respected,” said the release.
GSMC condemns James Sangma over his comment on contentious CAB
The Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) has also condemned Meghalaya home minister, James PK Sangma over his statement on CAB.
“The statement given by the HM is irresponsible and amounts to succumbing to the ideology of the BJP government which in turn has hurt the sentiments of the people of the state,” said the chairman of the state movement, Nikman Marak.
Nikman pointed to the states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh which was opposing CAB despite the states having anti-immigration laws fearing the future existence of the indigenous people in under serious threat.
“Without any anti-immigration law in hand, safeguarding the indigenous people is impossible and as such the careless statement of HM sounds hollow. We would like to know on what basis and on which law will the government protect our people from becoming minority in our own land,” he further asked.
The GSMC pointed to Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 which was yet to be implemented in the state and the amended ordinance of the Bill awaits Governor’s assent and required the passage of Bill in Meghalaya Assembly.
“We unanimously demand that the present government come up with a clear cut policy in so far as the re-introduction of CAB in the ongoing Parliament session and its subsequent passage of the said bill is concerned specifying the number of immigrants to be accommodated in the soil of Meghalaya and in which particular places of the state will be earmarked for their settlement,” they sardonically added.
The state movement however made their stand clear on the issue asserting that they would never accept such blunder of the government and not even an inch land shall be compromised for the settlement of the foreigners.