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SHILLONG | Feb 09, 2019:

The National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday decided to break ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

This was informed by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma while addressing the media after the NPP general meeting at State Convention Centre here today.

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“As a party, we have unanimously decided to break ties with the NDA if the CAB is passed in the Rajya Sabha,” said Conrad Sangma.

Conrad, who was re-elected as the NPP national president ‘unopposed’ today, asserted that the party has unanimously passed a resolution during the general meeting today to oppose the CAB.

“This resolution passed today will be submitted to the government of India,” said Conrad.

The NPP’s decision came in the backdrop of the BJP’s firm determination to get the Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha despite continuous protests in the Northeast.

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It may be mentioned that the Centre is likely going to table the contentious bill in the Rajya Sabha on February 12.

When asked whether the political parties from Northeast led by NPP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have been able to garner enough support from NDA allies against this bill, Conrad replied in the affirmative.

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“We have met many political parties while in Delhi, whether they are NDA allies or in the Opposition like the Shiv Sena, JD (U) Akali Dal, BJD and TMC,” said the NPP president while expressing hope that the bill will not be tabled in the Upper House.

When asked whether the NPP will consider pulling out from the BJP-led governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, Conrad said “As leaders, we will be failing our people if we support any government which is against the will of the citizens; So it is about the issue and we cannot support any government which is in favour of the bill.”

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While reiterating that the NPP will continue to stand against any government, which is in favour of the bill, Conrad, however, said that there will be consequences like fall of the government “But we will look into all that at the later stage.”


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