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Meghalaya government opposes CAB

Shillong, Dec 6 (UNI) The National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
(MDA) government on Friday reiterated its opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment)
Bill, 2019.
“The MDA government as a whole is not satisfied with the CAB. Our stand has been
from day one that the CAB should not be made applicable in Meghalaya,” Deputy Chief
Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters after the MDA coordination committee meeting
on CAB.
The MDA government is comprised of the NPP, United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill
State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), People’s Democratic Front (PDF), BJP and
NCP, besides Independents.
“We went to New Delhi on November 30 and met Union Home Minister Amit Shah
where during the meeting, in one voice we oppose the CAB and submitted one resolution
by all political parties and stakeholders telling the Union Home Minister that we do not
want the CAB in as far as Meghalaya state is concerned,” Tynsong said.
After the Union cabinet approved the draft CAB, Tynsong informed that the central
government has already incorporated only one line which states “Meghalaya being the
sixth Schedule, the CAB will not be applicable only in sixth schedule areas.”
However, Tynsong argued, “Since Schedule areas in Meghalaya are not less than
96 to 97 per cent, why not exempt in another two or three per cent, and make it 100
per cent exemption.”
“We will again write a letter (from the MDA) and send it to the Central Government that
we oppose the CAB. We also have Agatha K Sangma our MP of the MDA from the state,
and we will also request our MP from the Congress side to support our unhappiness in
as far as the CAB is concerned,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
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