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‘NPP to sever ties with BJP if RS passes citizenship bill’

SHILLONG: National People’s Party (NPP) led by Meghalaya leader minister Conrad Sangma on Saturday mentioned it could sever ties with the BJP-led NDA if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed within the Rajya Sabha.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, NPP’s determination comes as a heavy blow to BJP which had earlier lost any other of its northeast allies over the proposed regulation. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which was part of the BJP-led coalition government in Assam, had severed ties with BJP after the citizenship bill was passed within the Lok Sabha.

“NPP in its general frame assembly today has adopted a resolution to oppose the citizenship bill. The resolution will now be submitted to the Centre. We have additionally determined that if the bill is passed within the Rajya Sabha, NPP will break free from NDA,” mentioned Conrad, who was elected unopposed because the nationwide president of NPP for a second consecutive term all over the assembly.

The Meghalaya leader minister, whose tenure as NPP president will proceed till 2022, added, “NPP is eager to contest the entire 24 Lok Sabha seats within the northeast. We will work out a mechanism on this and see how we can go ahead. We, as a birthday party, need to play a pivotal role in voicing the concerns of the folks and offering them a commonplace platform to champion the cause of the northeast.”

The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, which additionally includes the BJP, was the primary to have adopted a cupboard resolution in opposition to the citizenship bill closing yr. Conrad had earlier mentioned that NPP will go it alone within the assembly polls in Arunchal Pradesh this yr and plans to contest as many seats as conceivable.

The NPP general frame assembly on Saturday was attended by functionaries from other parts of the northeast, together with DD Lapang, Prestone Tynsong, Joykumar Singh Yumnam, James Sangma, Lalrintluanga Jahau, Sashank Gataraj Sonelal Kol, Inder Bahadur Pandey and SK Sarkar. Measures to fortify the birthday party across the northeast were discussed within the assembly. It was additionally determined that the Assam unit of NPP will probably be formally launched on February 17.

The constitution of the birthday party was additionally discussed and the monetary report for 2017-18 was presented all over the assembly.

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