Home min­is­ter AMIT SHAH,


ad­dress­ing a con­clave in As­sam, on Septem­ber 9, of the BJP and its re­gional al­lies, promised that while the spe­cial sta­tus of Jammu and Kash­mir out­lined in Ar­ti­cle 370 of the Con­sti­tu­tion had been re­voked with­out con­sul­ta­tion, the spe­cial sta­tus of North­east­ern states as out­lined in var­i­ous amend­ments to Ar­ti­cle 371 was safe un­der this gov­ern­ment. Con­cern was ex­pressed by Megha­laya chief min­is­ter Conrad Sangma that the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill, which Shah has said will be rein­tro­duced, will en­able con­tin­ued il­le­gal non-Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion from Bangladesh and al­ter the de­mog­ra­phy of the North­east. Given the un­ex­pected out­come of the newly fi­nalised Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Cit­i­zens in As­sam, that con­cern is per­haps not hard to un­der­stand.

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