With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pressing on passing the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 in the ongoing Parliament’s winter session, leaders of North East Students Organization called on Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on November 27th, 2019.
Sangma took to Twitter and wrote, “Leaders of North East Students Organization called on me to discuss and raise their concerns on Citizenship Amendment Bill.”
The NESO leaders held a discussion with Sangma ahead of the re-introduction of the bill in the Parliament.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sangma took an active part in voicing against the Bill earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the Bill next week ahead of tabling it in the Parliament.
It may be mentioned, the winter session of Parliament started from November 18th, 2019 and it is likely to pass the Citizenship Bill. The bill was introduced in the previous tenure of BJP but could not push it through due to vehement protests by the opposition parties. The Bill lapsed due to the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha.
CAB aims to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christian illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Under the Citizenship Act, 1955, the citizen must have resided in India in the last 12 months as well as for 11 of the previous 14 years. The amendment proposes to relax the second requirement – from 11 years to six years.
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