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SHILLONG/AGARTALA/GUWAHATI | Nov 30, 2019:
The delegations from Northeast India comprising of chief ministers of some northeastern states, civil societies and tribal leaders of the region on Saturday met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and put forth their suggestions vis-a-vis the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
The delegation from Meghalaya led by chief minister, Conrad K Sangma and comprising of various political parties, representatives of civil societies passed a resolution, the same of which was submitted to the home minister on Saturday.
The resolution read, "Whereas, the stakeholders comprising of the representatives of state government, political parties, autonomous district council, civil societies, met on Nov 29 and 30 at Delhi and have resolved to oppose the CAB 2019 in the state of Meghalaya."
In line with this, the delegation from Meghalaya has urged the home minister to accept the resolution in the interest of the people of Meghalaya.
The Khasi Students' Union, a students' group in Meghalaya, has submitted a separate memorandum to the home minister, Amit Shah on Saturday, reiterating their stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill while also apprising him on the impending threat to the survival of the indigenous communities if the bill is passed.
"We urged upon the Government of India not to impose this contentious Bill on the indigenous peoples of the North East… as it might be detrimental to the interest of the indigenous people of Meghalaya and the North East," said the KSU.
Meanwhile, the North East Social Organisation (NESO) stood firm by its decision to oppose the CAB and said that they stand for the entire Northeast and that they will continue to oppose the Citizenship Bill.