The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre is set to face a big trouble ahead of the next general elections from the north eastern States. The regional parties from these 8 north eastern states are flexing their muscles against the BJP’s decision on the citizenship issue in these states.
The BJP had bulldozed Citizenship Bill granting citizenship for the migrants and infiltrators to these states against the wishes of the regional parties in the region. The regional parties from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura are opposed to the citizenship that the BJP-led government is intended to give to the infiltrators.
The Janta Dal (United) had backed this movement which is being organised by the regional parties from these States including the partners of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) here. The Asom Gana Parishat, Mizo National Front, United Democratic Party, the Naga People’s’ Front, the National Peoples’ Party, the National Democratic Progressive Party, the Hill State Peoples’ Democratic Party, Peoples’ Democratic Front and Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura have joined hands to fight against the BJP-sponsored Citizenship Bill in their states.
The fear is that the bill would encourage more infiltration into the States eating into the rights of the natives and they are opposing the bill in one voice right from the beginning. Though the BJP, with a majority in the Lok Sabha had pushed the bill against the wishes of these parties, is now finding it tough to move forward.
The eight north eastern States account for 25 Lok Sabha seats and this is a big number for the BJP to bet on ahead of the next general elections. The BJP had lost some of the potential allies in the last five years and is set to miss more of them in the days to come. At this point of time, the RSS-sponsored controversial citizenship bill is set cost dearly for the BJP-led NDA in the impending elections.