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NESO shutdown hits Meghalaya, Sangma government says 'no' to Citizenship Bill

IANS  |  Shillong 

Normal life came to a standstill in on Tuesday during a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by the (NESO) in protest against the Modi government's move to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The BJP-backed Sangma government in had said that it will not support the controversial Citizenship Bill that seeks to give citizenship to illegal migrants of six religious minority groups from Bangladesh, and

Almost all government establishments and educational institutions remained closed across the state. Public transport went off the roads.

"Thin attendance was recorded in government offices," an said.

supporters blocked roads with boulders and burnt tyres in several parts of the state. There were also reports of some vehicles being vandalized.

National Highway No. 40 and 44, the lifeline for landlocked Mizoram, and parts of and Assam, were also affected by the shutdown.

"There were no reports of any major incidents from any part of the state," of Police told IANS.

"There is no confusion about our stand. We were the first state government and cabinet to come out with an resolution that we are against the bill," Minister told journalists on Monday night.

Asked if the will put out of the BJP-led NDA government, the NPP said: "We have been very clear to the NDA that this is something we will not support. We will see when the time comes, but as of now, we have made our stand clear that we are not supporting the Bill."

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 13:58 IST
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