Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill got louder in Meghalaya on Friday with three pressure groups burning the effigies of the NDA government and the legislation.
In Shillong, activists of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF) and Ri-Bhoi Youth Front (RBYF) assembled at Khyndai-Lad observing the 'black flag day' besides chanting anti-Modi slogans and demanding 'Bangladeshis go back.'
Senior United Democratic Party (UDP) leaders, including former Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh and Allantry Franklin Dkhar, the political advisor to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma attended the protest rally.
A brief argument erupted when a police officer took out the black flags tied on the railings surrounding the fountain by the protestors. But the matter was resolved with the quick intervention of district administration officials.
Noting that persecuted Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not flee to India as Indian Christians themselves are facing persecution, Rani said, "The Bill is BJP's political agenda."
Supporting the agitators, the political advisor to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Dkhar said, the state government has been opposing the Bill from day one as it does not protect the people of the region.
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