‘Citizenship Amendment bill will encourage further infiltration of NE’

‘Citizenship Amendment bill will encourage further infiltration of NE’

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 10 (MExN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has also come out in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Terming it as unacceptable to Nagaland, NPCC president K Therie in a press statement on Thursday said the objective of the Bill clearly defies the interests of tribals and indigenous inhabitants particularly in the Northeast which will be compromised despite previous safeguards.

In the context of Nagaland, Therie said the Congress stands by the 1963 electoral roll as the basis of settlement in Nagaland. “We have conveyed our stand that we do not approve of the Bill at any cost, when it was introduced last year,” he added.

It alleged that the BJP’s intent to grant illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan citizenship on religious grounds is encouraging further infiltration in the Northeast which is already grappling with a wide range of issues stemming from illegal immigrants including changes in demography and dilution of inherent social, cultural and linguistic properties to the extent of reduction of the indigenous people to a minority status.

The NPCC president also said the state Cabinet’s resolution to merely urge the centre to re-examine and review the Bill without spelling out any proposal may not yield results for it is clear that such urging is an attempt to walk the tightrope not knowing which side to jump.

Further, he said the Nagaland Chief Minister should not mislead the people by confusing with the provisions of Art 371(A) and Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873.

The NPCC has therefore demanded that the BJP Nagaland Party resign on grounds of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and failure to resolve the Naga political issue.

JD (U) Nagaland opposes Bill

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 10 (MExN): Expressing solidarity with the people of the North East in the fight and struggle against the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the Janata Dal (United) Nagaland on Thursday said it was aggrieved by the passage of the Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8 despite still opposition not only from the opposition parties but even from the NDA allies.

In a press statement, Media Cell, JD (U) Nagaland said the JD (U) was the first political party to oppose this controversial Bill by way of resolution in its national executive meeting on July 8, 2018 in New Delhi. However, the Lok Sabha, having numerical advantage, passed the bill thereby totally crashing the appeals of the indigenous people of the North East, it stated.

Opposing this, the JD (U) Nagaland said the Bill has set in a course of division amongst the people of the North East on communal lines. It pointed out that the passage of the Bill have ignited inflammable furnace causing grave injuries not only to the hopes of the indigenous people but even physical damages are being inflicted resulting even to the loss of innocent lives.

In light of the above, the JDU Nagaland said it would continue to oppose the controversial Bill.