Sonia Gandhi meets NE leaders
NEW DELHI, Sep 13
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday met party leaders from North Eastern States and discussed with them a wide range of issues, including the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and problems faced by the people of the region.
Top Congress leaders from the North East including former Chief Ministers and secretary in-charge of North Eastern States Luizin-ho Faleiro along with former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, party treasurer Ahmed Patel and organisation in-charge KC Venugopal attended the meeting.
The problems arising out of the NRC in Assam and other issues were also discussed during the meeting, as per sources. The meeting was held at Sonia Gandhi's residence, 10 Janpath, New Delhi. Speaking about the meeting Faleiro said, "We had a long meeting. We discussed the problems facing North East States. Senior leaders made presentations. We have decided to strengthen and consolidate the North East coordination committees. We have also decided to set up a permanent office in Guwahati." Faleiro also said that the issue of NRC in Assam, was among the issues discussed at the meeting. "We have also decided that we should meet and discuss periodically the problems of the North Eastern States, which are growing and mounting. It has to be brought down and we have to come together in unity," he added. The Congress leader said issues pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was opposed in Rajya Sabha and is a part of the BJP manifesto, was also discussed at the meeting.