While Assam chief minister was also due to meet Singh on Monday, he could not make it. Sources said discussions between Singh and CMs of north-eastern states have been taking place regularly over the past month.
The attempt on part of the MHA is to allay concerns of north-eastern states over Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants being allegedly granted citizenship despite having entered India after the March 24, 1971 cut-off date stipulated by Assam Accord.
According to sources, while the ministry is making a last-ditch attempt to get the states on board before bringing the citizenship bill in the Rajya Sabha, the government is unlikely to steam-roll the sentiments of the north-eastern people in order to push ahead with the proposed amendment.
“Centre understands the sentiments of the north-eastern states. We are trying our best to convince the chief ministers of the safeguards in the bill and the fact that citizenship will be granted only on recommendation of the state government. However, even as CMs may understand this, they have not been able to convince their home constituencies,” said a government functionary.