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TURA | Jan 12, 2019:

The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) on Friday hit out at the Meghalaya CM, Conrad Sangma calling him “voiceless” against his political masters over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

“All his press releases about withdrawing from NEDA and association with the BJP are nothing but empty threats. It is all talk and no action. We will see him prove that he is spineless against his political masters, the BJP,” MPYC president, Richard Marak said.

The statement was made yesterday during the protest staged by MPYC along with 200 of its cadres outside the BJP office at Tura in West Garo Hills on Friday to oppose the contentious bill.

Taking a dig at the chief minister over the coal mining issue, Marak said “Far from development the government is being fined. It just ‘jumla’ after ‘jumla’ just like his boss,” added the MPYC president.

The protest demonstration that began last afternoon ended with the burning of the effigies of the prime minister, Narendra Modi and BJP president, Amit Shah in front of the BJP office. The protest was led by MPYC president, Richard Marak along with senior Congress leaders and workers.

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Terming the Bill as ‘communally motivated humanitarianism’, the MPYC called it as an incentive for further migration into the North East.

“The BJP’s hypocrisy and dangerous politics is brought to the fore when one considers the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Assam Accord, and the NRC. The goals of NRC and the Bill are mutually exclusive, but this hasn’t stopped BJP from taking a contradictory stand. The present updating of the NRC is borne out of the provisions of the Assam Accord and the insertion of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, however, negates both the Assam Accord and Section 6A, and thus makes redundant the entire exercise of updating the NRC,” said Marak.

The MPYC termed the Bill as nothing more than “vote bank politics and sought the ouster of the party from the NE.”

“Unless we have a BJP free North East, BJP will finish us. Now is the right time, if you think about doing so in the future, it will be too late,” he added.

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