There is a protest in many states of India after the Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma raised concerns over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) causing “problems” in his state. Most of the northeastern states of Assam and Tripura are seen in protest. Three people have lost their lives there so far.
There is a lot of opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act in West Bengal too. In view of the protests across the country, at the Chunavi rally in Jharkhand, the country’s Home Minister has indicated changes in the law.
Addressing a rally in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, he said that people of North East have some doubts about the Citizenship Amendment Act and the Meghalaya Chief Minister met me about it. I have assured them that a solution will be found after Christmas and they do not have to worry about this law.
Home Minister Amit Shah said that I want to assure the people of Assam and other states of Northeast that their culture, social identity, language, political rights will not be touched and the Narendra Modi government will protect them.
The Assam Gana Parishad, one of the main allies of the BJP in the Northeast had earlier supported the law, but has now declared its opposition. The Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) has taken this decision after a meeting of senior leaders. At the same time, the Assam Gana Council has also said that it will file a petition in the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A team of the Assam Gana Parishad will also meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister on this issue. Let us know that the AGP is also a part of the BJP-led Assam government and it also has three ministers in the state cabinet.