Shillong BJP candidate Sanbor Shullai on Thursday said that he will “commit suicide” in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reason is Citizenship Amendment Bill. He said if his party tries to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
“As long as I’m alive Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will not be implemented. I will kill myself, I will suicide before Narendra Modi but I will not let CAB to be implemented,” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
“I had earlier submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP central leaders and NGOs that Meghalaya and northeastern states should be exempted from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Bill needs to be amended,” he added.
Shullai’s statement came while he was speaking to the reporters in Shillong after casting his vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Thursday.
The (BJP) in its manifesto has vowed to implement the Bill if it comes back to power at the Centre
The controversial Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide citizenship to minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014.
Massive protests were witnessed in the northeastern states when the Centre decided to bring the Bill in the parliament. The BJP is in power in Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh and has formed the government in Meghalaya and Nagaland by stitching up a mega alliance of regional parties; however, it ignored the protests and went ahead with tabling the Bill in Rajya Sabha.
This came after some of the alliance partners like National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya and Mizo National Front of Mizoram indicated about breaking ties with the BJP if the Bill is made into a law.
Blaming the Congress PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government had said that minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh who were facing religious persecution had turned foreigners in their own homeland.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also assured that the burden of the migrants will be shared by the entire country and not just the northeastern states and added that all the required help will be provided by the government to make the entire process smooth.
Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has repeatedly made a strong pitch for the citizenship bill. He had earlier said that people who are opposing the Bill are against the culture and civilization of Assam and added that he won’t allow Assam to become another Kashmir.
He also said that Hindus in the state will become a minority in five years if the bill is not passed, and added that it will provide a favourable atmosphere to certain elements who want Assam to be another Kashmir.
Organisations from all over the northeastern states including the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) organised massive protests against the Bill in different parts of the region and also received support from different civil society organisations and intellectuals.
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