NPP threat­ens to leave NDA if Cit­i­zen­ship Bill is pushed

Stu­dents’ union warns of un­rest, says govt should not in­tro­duce Bill in RS

The Asian Age - - Nation - MANOJ ANAND

The Na­tional Peo­ples’ Party ( NPP) led by Megha­laya chief min­is­ter Conrad Sangma has threat­ened to sever ties with BJP led Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance ( NDA) while the North East Stu­dents Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( NESO) has warned of un­rest in the whole of the North­east if the con­tentious Cit­i­zen­ship ( Amend­ment) Bill is passed in the Ra­jya Sabha.

Mr Sangma, who left for New Delhi on Sun­day, said that he would be mak­ing this an­nounce­ment if the Cen­tre de­cides to go ahead with the con­tentious bill in the Ra­jya Sabha.

He pointed out that the

NPP is part of the govern­ment in four states in the North­east and the people of the re­gion have trust that his party would take the lead in ad­dress­ing the is­sues.

It is sig­nif­i­cant that if the party pulls out of NDA, it may af­fect the sta­bil­ity of the govern­ment in Ma­nipur as four NPP mem­bers are sup­port­ing the BJP- led govern­ment.

The NPP leader and deputy chief min­is­ter of Ma­nipur, Y. Joyku­mar Singh, said that if the NPP pulls out of the NDA govern­ment, it may lead to the col­lapse of the govern­ment in his state.

Mean­while on Sun­day, a del­e­ga­tion of NESO left for New Delhi to mo­bilise sup­port among the var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties to op­pose the Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill.

Ear­lier in a state­ment, NESO chair­man Samuel Jyrwa re­it­er­ated that the govern­ment should not in­tro­duce the bill in the Ra­jya Sabha and in case it is passed, there will be un­rest in the North­east.

“The govern­ment of In­dia should take the blame and be re­spon­si­ble for any even­tu­al­ity and it will also fur­ther alien­ate the people of the North­east,” he said.

— PTI

For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Yash­want Sinha ad­dresses a meet­ing against the Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill 2016, in Guwa­hati on Sun­day.

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