SHILLONG, Jan 3 - The National People’s Party (NPP) has directed its members to refrain from passing any comments or take part in any rally for or against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
A notification issued by NPP national general secretary Thomas A Sangma asked all party members to “refrain from passing any comment in their official capacity on the CAA without prior written permission from the national president”.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is the national president of the NPP.
Sangma has supported the Act and NPP’s lone MP, Agatha Sangma, voted in favour of the Bill in Parliament. However, the Chief Minister maintained that the NPP wants the Centre to implement the inner line permit system and exempt the entire State from the purview of the CAA.
Meanwhile, the NPP general secretary, in the order, said: “It has come to the knowledge of the national executive committee of the party that certain members of the party are commenting on the political and social impact of such amendment (CAA) upon the general people of Northeastern India.”
The NPP said that no member shall have the right or authority to initiate legal proceedings in any court of law, including the Supreme Court of India, on the CAA. Moreover, no party member would have the right to participate in any rally organised anywhere for or against the CAA under the party banner.
Repeated calls to the NPP general secretary for his comments went unanswered.