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SHILLONG | Jan 10, 2019:

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday rejected the suggestion of independent MLA, Lambor Malngiang to convene a special session for passing a resolution in the Assembly to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“I do not think there is a need to convene the special session. We need to pass a resolution in the Assembly if there is a division in the stand on the proposed Amendment Bill. But on this issue the ruling and the opposition are all out to oppose the amendment bill,” Tynsong said here today.

According to the Deputy Chief Minister, the Cabinet had already passed a resolution to oppose the bill before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) visited the State.

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“From the side of the Government, we had voiced our strong opposition to the proposed amendment on the Citizenship Act,” Tynsong said.

He further stated that the Government will continue to protest the bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha.

Earlier on Wednesday, the independent MLA from Nongkrem, Lambor Malngiang had suggested on the need to convene a special session of the Assembly for passing the resolution to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“I would urged upon the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma to convene the special session at the earliest. We need to send a strong message to the Centre on the stand of the State Government in the opposing the proposed amendment to the Citzenship Act,” Malgniang, who is also the Chairman of the Meghalaya State Planning Board (MSPB), had stated.

The MSPB chairman had also sent an official letter to the Chief Minister in this connection.

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