Shillong: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sanbor Shullai from the Shillong Lok Sabha seat threatened to ‘kill himself’ in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi rather than allowing the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Meghalaya and other northeastern states.
“As long as I’m alive Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will not be implemented. I will kill myself, I will suicide before Narendra Modi but I will not let CAB to be implemented,” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Shullai’s statement came while he was speaking to the reporters in Shillong after casting his vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Thursday.
“I had earlier submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP central leaders and NGOs that Meghalaya and northeastern states should be exempted from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Bill needs to be amended,” he added.
Notably, the BJP in its poll manifesto had promised to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if it returned to power at the Centre.
On April 11, while addressing a poll rally in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the BJP is committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill once the NDA returns to power. “The bill will be amended after proper consultation with all sections of the society and ensuring safety of the Assamese community,” he told the gathering.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but was not introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is now set to lapse on June 3.