Khandu changes stance, now opposes controversial Citizenship Bill

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Monday changed his stance on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, asking Union home minister Rajnath Singh not to table the bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Khandu made the appeal as he and his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh met Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to apprise him about the prevailing situation in their respective states following the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

“We requested the home minister not to table the bill in the Rajya Sabha as there is lot of hue and cry in the Northeast states,” Khandu said.

Khandu, who is heading a BJP government in the border state, had been so far defending the bill which is facing strong opposition from civil society groups and the opposition Congress in his state and across the Northeast.

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