CAB row: Meghalaya BJP loses yet another leader; WGH members to resign en masse

CAB row: Meghalaya BJP loses yet another leader; WGH members to resign en masse

SHILLONG | Jan 14, 2019:

The contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill has landed BJP Meghalaya in a tight spot as the party is starting to lose its members as a result of the bill.

Days after former state president of the Minority Morcha, BJP Meghalaya Pradesh and an MDC, Sofior Rahman resigned from the party, West Garo Hills, BJYM president, Ataur Rahman Ahmed also tendered his resignation on Monday as a mark of protest to the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

In a resignation sent to BJP state president, Shibun Lyngdoh, Ahmed said that he is resigning from post of district president citing the passing of the CAB in the Lok Sabha as the reason.

"The bill is totally against the indigenous people of Meghalaya and the Northeast as a whole," Ahmed said in the letter.

It may be mentioned that last week, the only two BJP MLAs in Meghalaya — AL Hek and Sanbor Shullai wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the bill.

Local MDC Sofior Rahman today told news men that all the members and the entire unit of the BJYM and minority morcha from West Garo Hills will resign en masse in a day or two.

To a query on the prospects of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Rahman said that the BJP passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha will cost them dearly in the North East in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"This bill is against the indigenous people and not just in Meghalaya the BJP will not win in the entire North East," said Rahman

Asked if he has decided to join any other party, Rahman said that he is in alliance with the NPP at the GHADC and has not decided yet.

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