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CAB to be placed in Rajya Sabha as Supplementary Bill: Ram Madhav

CAB to be placed in Rajya Sabha as Supplementary Bill: Ram Madhav
Ram Madhav (File)
GUWAHATI/AIZAWL/ SHILLONG, FEB 5 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/5/2019 11:43:20 AM IST

Rattled by protests across the North East and opposition from its allies and friendly parties, the ruling BJP is now seeking to find a “middle ground” to go forward on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha during the Parliament session.

BJP general secretary and in-charge of North East, Ram Madhav said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will likely be placed in Rajya Sabha for approval in the ongoing session as a supplementary bill.

Speaking to UNI, Madhav said that the Home Ministry is talking to all the stakeholders and are hopeful that a middle ground will soon be paved for passing of the bill in the upper house.

“The bill was not listed in the business list of the Rajya Sabha, it could be introduced in the upper house as supplementary bill anytime during the session”, Ram Madhav added.

“From the party’s side we are talking to all of them, also from the government side, the Home Minister has been in touch with the senior leaders of all the front governments in the North East. We are hopeful that we will find a middle ground which will satisfy all of us,” Madhav had told The Indian Express in an interview.

Mizoram BJP threatens to dissolve state unit

Mizoram BJP chief John V Hluna on Tuesday threatened to dissolve the party’s state unit if the national leadership goes ahead with the passage of the contentious Bill, “harming the interests of northeast people”. He stressed that people of Mizoram and their safety were of “primary importance”.

“The BJP state unit was formed to safeguard the interests of the people of Mizoram. If the central leadership decides to legislate the proposed amendment, the state unit would have no option but to dissolve itself,” Hluna told reporters here. He added that as an alternative, the state BJP unit also requested the national leaders that the bill, if not revoked, should at least keep the North Eastern states out of its purview.

M’laya unit appeals 

After Mizoram, another state unit of the BJP in the North East has urged the ruling party to step back on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Meghalaya BJP has written to the central leadership to exempt all North Eastern states from the purview of the Bill.

While general secretary of Meghalaya BJP Bashailang Khongwir said the party wishes to pass the Bill on humanitarian grounds, he also stated that the issue is sentimental to the people of the state and the region as a whole. He added that the Bill for a multi-cultural country like India validates the phrase, “One man’s food is another man’s poison”.

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