To show the state’s angst against the citizenship bill, Union Minister Rajnath Singh was called in by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday to convey their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The quota, which was introduced as a constitution amendment bill and is over and above the Supreme Court’s 50 per cent cap on reservations, became law last week after it was passed in both houses of parliament. The move is widely seen as the ruling BJP’s big ticket offering to upper caste voters – seen to be disenchanted with the party – ahead of the national election due by May.
The Modi government will not have to wait for ratification by state assemblies to implement the constitution amendment bill that provides for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of the society. The bill will come into force after receiving presidential ascent as it does not amend those provisions of the Constitution that have a bearing on the federal nature of Indian state, unlike the GST law that required ratification by half the state assemblies.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday amid protests by opposition parties who termed the proposed law “divisive” and “flawed”.
BJP spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora resigned from all posts of the party after the Citizenship Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.