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Protests against Citizenship Bill in Meghalaya

IANS  |  Shillong 

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill got louder in on Friday with three pressure groups burning the effigies of the NDA government and the legislation.

In Shillong, activists of the 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 leaders, including former Urban Affairs and Allantry Franklin Dkhar, the political advisor to Chief attended the protest rally.

The Pradesh Youth burned the of in front of the BJP office at in district demanding scrapping of the controversial Bill

A brief argument erupted when a 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.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, passed in the Lok Sabha, aims to remove hurdles for eligible migrants of six minority groups from Bangladesh, and from getting Indian citizenship.

"We strongly demand the Bill be scrapped immediately in the interest of the indigenous communities across northeastern states," told journalists.

Noting that persecuted Christians from Pakistan, and will not flee to 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 has been opposing the Bill from day one as it does not protect the people of the region.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:18 IST