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Rajnath axes meeting with NE CMs on Citizenship Bill

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Monday cancelled his meeting with Chief Ministers of Northeastern states to discuss the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which is likely to be tabled in the on Tuesday.

member has assured the (NESO) that his party will vote against the Bill.

was supposed to meet the Chief Ministers at 4.30 p.m. at his North Block office.

The sudden cancellation of the meeting assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing widespread protests against the Bill in the northeastern states.

Various groups and political parties are opposing the Bill saying it will have a detrimental effect on the ethnic communities if it becomes a law.

had promised to the people of the northeastern states that the Bill will in no way cause harm to their interests.

Normal life was derailed in and on Monday as groups sponsored a shutdown in protest against the Bill which seeks to give Indian citizenship to six minority groups from Pakistan, and

"The has assured us that his party will vote against the Bill if tabled in the Rajya Sabha," NESO said.

Conrad Sangma, who reached on Sunday, has made it clear that his (NPP) will snap ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led if the Bill is passed in the

The Bill was passed by the on January 8.

On January 7, the (AGP) snapped its ties with the BJP and pulled out of Sarbananda Sonowal-led government over the Bill.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:24 IST