SHILLONG | Jan 15, 2019:

As Northeast India continues to be entangled in a web of hostility over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, there air is far from being cleared with pressure groups warning the “revival of militancy” if the BJP “bulldozes” its way for the Bill.

Speaking to news men on Tuesday, the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organization (CoHSO) chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the BJP will ruin the North Eastern states adding “If the BJP bulldozes its way for the Bill, the product is the rising of militant regime.”

According to him, with the CAB, the BJP has disregarded all agreements signed with India adding that the bill will also violated the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

“How will the relationship of the North Eastern states with India be defined if all the agreements is nullified with the coming of the Bill?” he questioned.

To the BJP’s justification that the bill is based on “humanitarian ground”, Kharjahrin suggested India should instead impose economic sanctions on Bangladesh on grounds of religious persecution.

“Bangladesh gets foreign aid from India and if Bangladesh is persecuting people on religious ground, it can impose economic sanctions on Bangladesh. Both countries can also approach the United Nations if there is religious persecution,” he said.

He added India can also influence other countries to impose economic sanctions rather than coming up with the Bill.

He commented that bill means to uproot indigenous groups from the country.

Kharjahrin has urged Rajya Sabha MPs to not give their approval to the Bill.

Furthermore, he reiterated the demand to the state government to pass an Assembly resolution rather than the Cabinet resolution.

The CoHSO is intensifying its agitation starting with public meeting at Jowai (January 18), Khliehriat and Umsning (January 21) and Mawkyrwat and Nongstoin (January 23) and distribution of leaflets to the public and video on CAB will be release.

He added that CoHSO will hold a hunger strike from January 24, 25 and 26.

Kharjahrin has urged the different organizations –the FKJGP, KSU, Dorbar shnong, dorbar kur, state government employees etc in the state to unite against the CAB.

Reacting to the suo moto case registered against them by the Meghalaya police, Kharjahrin said,“Let the police do their job and we will go ahead with protecting our indigenous community.”


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