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Meghalaya CM flies to Delhi to seek support against Citizenship Bill

IANS  |  Shillong 

Chief Minister on Sunday flew to to seek support of various political parties in opposing the Citizenship Bill, which is likely to be tabled in the on Tuesday.

"I am leaving for to meet leaders of those political parties who have promised us of their support... to oppose the Bill if it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha," told IANS.

He said the national general body meeting of his (NPP) on Saturday had resolved to snap ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, if the bill is tabled in the

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to remove hurdles for eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, and in getting Indian citizenship.

"I have impressed upon the about the northeast's people opposing the Bill. The party cannot go against the wishes of the people. Moreover, the citizenship bill, once it becomes a law, will change the demography of the region and ethnic communities in the region will be reduced to a minorities," said.

He and his counterpart Zoramthanga had earlier met to express their opposition to the Bill.

Sangma's NPP, along with other northeast-based regional parties including the - which had already severed ties with the BJP in - had sought support of several political parties to prevent passage of the bill in the

Sangma had earlier hinted at snapping ties with the BJP if the latter goes ahead with the bill. The NPP is supporting the BJP-led government in and and the People's Democratic Alliance government in and has the BJP's support in



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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 22:24 IST