Sarba loses, Conrad gains from Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Row
GUWAHATI: As the north-eastern states witnessed stirs all across against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma emerged as the face of the region and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was criticised in the region for the entire controversy.
Criticism came the way of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was once titled “Jatiya Nayak” (Hero of the community) for his strong stand against illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) adviser, Akhil Gogoi, slammed chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently and said that the latter is a “chamcha (sycophant) of Nagpur.”
“He (Sonowal) is called the Jatiya Nayak but the people of Assam have finally realized that he is a chamcha of Nagpur,” said Gogoi while speaking to a local TV channel recently.
Even All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya, who was known to be Sonowal’s good friend, has slammed the chief minister for supporting the bill.
But amidst the controversy, Conrad Sangma emerged as the regional hero as regional political parties of the entire northeast started appreciating the Meghalaya chief minister for his stand and initiative to block the bill. Sangma, who is a North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) member, came out openly against the bill without worrying about the alliance break-up threat with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
(L) Sarbananda Sonowal (R) Conrad Sangma