After the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced by centre in Lok Sabha, in 2016, several BJP partners have opposed. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma earlier had threatened to break off with the party and now another BJP partner, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga in the northeast has expressed his dissatisfaction.
On Tuesday, the proposed law that gives citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan was passed by Lok Sabha. Several opposition parties including Congress and the left front strongly opposed to the Citizenship Bill. Most parties from the northeast, even those that were allies of the BJP, has opposed Bill, saying it is against the “against the fundamental aspects of the Indian constitution”.
Before December 31, in 2014, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and Christians, who ran away because of religious discrimination and entered India they will be granted Indian nationality according to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Yesterday, a day-long shutdown was held against the Bill across the northeast and five people were injured. After the NDA government decided to go ahead with the controversial bill, Assam has been witnessing protests. Asom Gana Parishad, a regional ally of the BJP, exited the ruling coalition in Assam.
Supporting yesterday’s northeast bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation, Zoramthanga and his party Mizo National Front (MNF) have opposed the Bill. He said that the Bill would have an adverse effect in the northeast and it is against the principle of secularism.
The Bill has been described as unfortunate by Conrad Sangma. “We will see about that and will discuss with all party leaders. As you are aware, our party is present in almost five North Eastern states. Therefore, I will need to call all the party leaders and take a call on this,” said the Chief Minister to IANS after being asked if the NPP will snap ties with the NDA.