A total of 11 regional parties across the Northeast, who are in alliance with the BJP met today in Guwahati to pass a resolution to voice their opinion against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The convention was summoned by Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma who was joined by NPP from Meghalaya, members of AGP from Assam, JDU from Bihar, MNF represented by Mizoram CM Zoramthanga, IPFT members from Tripura, PDP, UDP, NPF, NDPP, PDF, and HSPDP.
CM Conrad Sangma said, ‘This is not an organized meeting and all the parties present here have spontaneously turned up for the convention, as we feel it is necessary to discuss on a common platform the outcomes of the bill irrespective of party and politics.’ Mizoram CM Zoramthanga added, ‘Mizoram has opposed the bill and will continue to do so. We have met the Home Minister of India formerly. We are taking this resolution to reach out to the Central government and convey the collective voice of all the parties from the Northeast to the centre.’
Speaking on the resolution, Sangma stated, ‘All the political parties of the Northeast have unanimously agreed to jointly oppose the Bill. The convention has also decided that a delegation from all the political parties present here shall meet jointly the President and the Prime Minister of India. Also, the convention decided to form a committee to reach out to other parties across the country to support the cause.’
Congress and Trinamool Congress were not present in the convention, ‘who along with other political parties shall be approached,’ informed Sangma.