Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that “some changes” could be made in the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in order to address the “concerns” of the Northeastern states.
Shah was addressing an election rally in Giridgi in Jharkhand, his first public appearance after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Thursday, turning it into an Act.
Shah further said that Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and council of ministers met him on Friday and informed him about the problems the Meghalaya government facing.
“I told them that there is nothing to worry and there is no issue at all. They have asked to make some changes in the Act. I have asked them to meet me after Christmas,” Shah said.
“I have assured them of having a constructive discussion on the matter and have assured that we will come up with solutions in the best interest of Meghalaya,” Shah added.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, turning it into an Act after the Lok Sabha passed it on Monday and the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Since then there have been widespread protests against the Act in Northeast.