Meghalaya: NESO, KSU ask Govt. to pass resolution on Citizenship Bill
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, May 21, 2018:
The North East Student's Union (NESO) along with the Khasi Student's Union (KSU) reaffirmed their stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 stating that their message that they strongly opposed the amendment bill will not change.
The protest campaign near the life size statue of u Kiang Nangbah near Shillong Civil Hospital today was held as part of the resolution of NESO to stage a protest against the amendment bill in the capital of the various States in the region.
During the protest campaign, the members of NESO and KSU burn the effigy of the amendment bill.
While speaking to media persons, KSU president Lambokstar Marngar demanded that the State Government should passed resolution in order to send a clear message to the Centre that it strongly opposed the amendment bill.
"We would be forced to agitate if the Government failed to passed the resolution to register their strong opposition to the amendment bill brought by the BJP led NDA Government at the Centre," the KSU president said.
According to him, the amendment bill will have a huge impact on the demographic of the North Eastern region if the migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan are granted citizenship right. "The amendment bill is against the interest of the indigenous population in the State," Marngar said.
Echoing similar concerns, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said that Meghalaya is among the State in the region that would be adversely affected if the amendment bill is passed especially the State is sharing a long porous with neighbouring Bangladesh.
"Meghalaya has been badly affected due to the unabated inflow of influx from Bangladesh even without the amendment bill. The State has taken the burden of the Liberation War in 1971 and even now there is negative impact on the State due to the illegal migrants from Bangladesh," Jyrwa said.