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Ampareen bats for all party meeting

Shillong, Nov 18: Congress legislator from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh has urged the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government to call for an all-party meeting to discuss the return of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
It may be mentioned that the centre plans to reintroduce the bill during the winter session of Parliament which began today.
The BJP-led NDA government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure but could not push it through due to vehement protests by opposition parties and it lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha.
Speaking to media persons today, Lyngdoh said, “I think that at this point of time it will be correct for us to suggest that the Government of Meghalaya immediately calls for an all party meeting because I feel that we need to ensure that the voice against the CAB is a unanimous one and we ensure that the peace that we have been enjoying in the state does not take a setback.”
She also felt that to just say that this Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) has been put in place and it would attend to the fall out of CAB in general is insufficient. “We cannot take this for granted because as we know the amended MRSSA is an ordinance which has not become effective,” Lyngdoh added.
Lyngdoh pointed out that the facilitation centres are still not operationalised even as she added that one does not know whether the MRSSA would cover the threat that the CAB in general has.
“So as a responsible legislator, I feel that the government of Meghalaya should immediately call for an all party meeting and give us a clear indicator as to whether or not the government of Meghalaya will protest the implementation of CAB in our state,” Lyngdoh said.