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SHILLONG | Feb 13, 2019:

Political leaders from Northeast India including Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders Atul Bora and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and leaders of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Wednesday rejoiced after the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 lapsed in the Rajya Sabha today.

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The political leaders, NESO members, who have been camping in New Delhi for the past two days to drum up support against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), have termed this lapse as a ‘victory’.

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Speaking to media persons today, a jubilant Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said they have been successful in one way to ensure that this does not go through adding that the voices of the people have prevailed.

While terming the latest development as a great and emotional moment for the people of Northeast, Conrad thanked the citizens, social organizations, religious organisations and political parties for supporting the cause of the region.

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When enquired about the parties’ stand if the Centre chooses to bring this bill through other channels, Conrad said “If that situation comes, we will take a stand on that but at this moment now, it has not gone through so that is what is important to us.”

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