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Meghalaya body to move SC if citizenship Bill implemented

Meghalaya body to move SC if citizenship Bill implemented
December 08
12:23 2019

NET Bureau

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) has decided to move the Supreme Court if the BJP-led Government at the Centre “forcefully” implements the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

After a meeting held here today, the confederation observed that the Bill is not 100 per cent safe as the entire State of Meghalaya has not been exempted from its purview.

“We will file a case in the Supreme Court against the CAB,” CoMSO leader Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters here. Reposing faith in the apex court to protect the tribal rights, Kharjahrin said, “The Supreme Court stands for justice, while political parties stand for vote bank politics.”

Pointing out that the State has areas like the Cantonment Board, European Ward, RR Colony, etc., that do not fall under the Sixth Schedule, Kharjahrin stated that it would give rise to anarchy. “The Centre’s claim of exempting Meghalaya is not true and we totally reject this partial exemption,” he added.

Kharjahrin urged all political parties, NGOs and the public at large to join hands to oppose the citizenship Bill. He added that the confederation would continue to demand implementation of the Inner Line Permit system to regulate influx into the State.

The CoMSO has also offered its support to the North East Students Organization (NESO) in the latter’s ongoing protest against the citizenship Bill.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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