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Shullai, Hek ask Modi to review citizenship bill

SHILLONG: The two BJP MLAs from Meghalaya, AL Hek and Sanbor Shullai, submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urging him to reconsider implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The two MLAs were accompanied by state BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh. They were in the Capital to attend the party’s national convention.
In the memorandum, Shullai asked the Prime Minister to reconsider the implementation of the bill in the northeastern states or omit Bangladeshis from the bill failing which he would have to take a strong decision considering the plight of the people of Meghalaya.
The MLA also said the bill will adversely affected the tribal belt of Meghalaya even as he added that the bill will further encourage illegal influx into the state.
Stating that there is a huge resentment against the citizenship bill in the state, Shullai said the bill makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship on the basis of religion, which violates Article 14 of the Constitution.
Cabinet minister Hek has already opposed the bill.

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