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Exempt NE from amended citizenship Act purview: Agatha to PM

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Dec 13 - National Peoples Party (NPP) leader Agatha Sangma has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exempt the entire North East from the purview of the amended Citizenship Act to ensure that peace returns to the region.

The Tura MP wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday night, demanding that the entire North East be exempted from the purview of the Act.

According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

�The North East is a complex region that needs a holistic protection, the government must revisit the CAB and exempt the entire region from its purview. This is the only way peace and confidence can be built among our people,� Agatha said in a letter to Modi.

She said the CAB has been vehemently opposed by the people of the North East because they fear demographic changes would impact and affect the security and identity of the local tribals of the region.

Agatha, a former Union minister said, �Efforts made through long hours of consultations are going futile and the narrative that is being given out is that the BJP-led government is anti-North East.�

The letter was shot off to the Prime Minister even as her brother and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his Cabinet colleagues are scheduled to meet Amit Shah on the same issue. � PTI

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Exempt NE from amended citizenship Act purview: Agatha to PM

SHILLONG, Dec 13 - National Peoples Party (NPP) leader Agatha Sangma has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exempt the entire North East from the purview of the amended Citizenship Act to ensure that peace returns to the region.

The Tura MP wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday night, demanding that the entire North East be exempted from the purview of the Act.

According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

�The North East is a complex region that needs a holistic protection, the government must revisit the CAB and exempt the entire region from its purview. This is the only way peace and confidence can be built among our people,� Agatha said in a letter to Modi.

She said the CAB has been vehemently opposed by the people of the North East because they fear demographic changes would impact and affect the security and identity of the local tribals of the region.

Agatha, a former Union minister said, �Efforts made through long hours of consultations are going futile and the narrative that is being given out is that the BJP-led government is anti-North East.�

The letter was shot off to the Prime Minister even as her brother and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his Cabinet colleagues are scheduled to meet Amit Shah on the same issue. � PTI