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For Conrad Sangma, fate of citizenship bill is a vindication of his fight

Guwahati: On Wednesday, amid celebrations over the Centre failing to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma emerged as the man of the instant.
“It wouldn’t be fair to mention that it was once one one who did it. It has been a joint effort,” Conrad said. “I needed to play my part, as did other political parties like Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Mizo National Front (MNF), and other teams in opposition to the bill. It is best with this crew paintings that our message went out to all of the country and why we were ready to stall the bill,” he added.

For Conrad, it’s all about continuing a legacy. Former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma had long been the face of the northeatst in Delhi since he joined the Rajiv Gandhi govt in the 1980s. Stepping into the footwear of his illustrious father, Purno Agitok Sangma, Conrad led the motion in opposition to the bill from the front.

“I'm glad that the voice of the folks of the northeast has been heard. It was once in reality emotional and inspiring to see the folks of the northeast — reducing throughout political affiliations, regional platforms and societies — come in combination to boost a united voice,” he further said.

Conrad’s govt was once the primary to move a solution in opposition to the bill. The decision had come all the way through the visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the bill to Assam and Meghalaya to hunt public opinion on the amendment. Others followed swimsuit — Mizoram and Nagaland handed similar resolutions — but a lot later.

When AGP walked out of Assam’s ruling coalition, due to this fact, the natural choice of best friend in its fight in opposition to the bill was once Conrad. A delegation from the party met Conrad at Tura two days after severing ties with BJP, urging him to take the lead in gathering forces in the northeast in opposition to the bill. “We are grateful to Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma for main this resistance from the front,” AGP president Atul Bora said.

Last month, Conrad and AGP convened a gathering of 11 northeastern parties opposed to the bill, seven of whom were additionally NDA allies. Pressure on the BJP govt had already been emerging but with its northeastern allies coming in combination on one platform in opposition to the bill, the message was once loud and transparent — pushing the bill may just isolate BJP in the region.

Leaving nothing to probability, Conrad stationed himself in New Delhi this week — expecting the possibility of the bill being presented in the Rajya Sabha in the previous few days of the session — and met leaders of other political parties opposed to the bill.

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