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BJP-backed Meghalaya government opposes Citizenship Bill

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Shillong, Jan 8 : The BJP-backed Conrad Sangma government in Meghalaya on Monday said that it will stick to its stand to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that aims to give citizenship to illegal migrants of six religious minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Senior BJP legislator and Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Hek said that he also stands by the cabinet decision of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government which had unanimously adopted to oppose the Bill.

“There is no confusion about our stand and we were the first state government and state cabinet to come out with an official resolution within the cabinet that we are against the bill,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told journalists.

The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government is led by the National People’s Party and supported by United Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Hill State People’s Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front and Nationalist Congress Party.

Asked if the NPP will put out of the BJP-led NDA government, Sangma said: “We have been very clear to the NDA that this is something we will not support. We will see when the time comes, but as of now, we have made our stand clear that we are not supporting the amendment bill.”

“We (government) have opposed the controversial bill through a cabinet decision, the most aggressive stand that any government has taken,” the Chief Minister said.

AOn the demand of a civil society group to severe ties with the BJP in the state, he said, “the same minister (Hek from the BJP) is in the cabinet and supported the resolution of the cabinet not to accept but reject the amendment bill.”

“He (Hek) may be part of the BJP, but he has said it clearly during the Cabinet meeting that for me, protection of my people and my state is priority. I think one should be happy that a person from a particular party, puts the citizens and the people first,” Sangma said.

On the shutdown called by North East Student’s Organisation, Sangma said: “The organization is going ahead with their action a. Our stand is very clear, and therefore there should not be any ambiguity or confusion among the people or among the NESO members about the stand of the Meghalaya government.”

Assembly Speaker and United Democratic Party president, Donkupar Roy said that the party strongly opposes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill saying that Bill will not protect and safeguard the ethnic communities in the region.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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