– To protest against CAB 2016
– To demand Indo-Naga solution before LS polls
Dimapur, February 8: The co-ordination committee of tribe hohos, CSOs, various committees and mass based organizations under the umbrella of Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) have called for 10-hours Nagaland bandh on February 11 from 6 am to 4 pm to protest against the planned passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha.
Media, medical and emergency services, police, district administration, army, paramilitary forces, students and teachers on examination, train and flight passengers, pre engagement programmes like weddings, etc, have been exempted from the bandh. Members of NSCN (IM) attending their National Hoho on February 11 have also exempted from the purview of the bandh.
Stating that CAB 2016 is unconstitutional and against the sentiment of the whole Northeast people, the coordination committee said the CAB issue strikes at the very heart of indigenous existence and hence it is imperative that all concerned Nagas welcome the bandh so as to show deep resentment to the Central government that our right to existence cannot be toyed with.
The bandh has also been called to attract the attention of the Central Government on the 7-decades old Naga issue and that it should be settled before the Lok Sabha Election 2019, as per the “Election for Solution” slogan of the BJP during the 2018 Nagaland Assembly election.
“Therefore, with regard to the 11th Feb bandh, the committee would like appeal to all right thinking Naga people to observe it whole heartedly and peacefully,” it appealed.
Requesting all tribe hohos to take responsibility for their own districts, the coordination committee said the respective tribe hohos are also free to implement their own modalities in carrying out the bandh from 6 am to 4 pm.
The message of bandh to the Central government and a successful expression of solidarity to Northeast brethren lies with the respective tribe hohos of the 11 districts and the 2 sub-divisions of Tseminyu and Meluri, it said. In Dimapur District, the Naga Council with its 19 federating tribal units have been requested to oversee the implementation of the bandh.
The coordination committee also requested Naga people to respond to the call of Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) for prayer and fasting on February 10 (Sunday) for solution to the Naga political issue.
Meanwhile the co-ordination committee has expressed gratitude to all the participants of the public march to Raj Bhavan, namely college students, GB fraternity, tribe hohos and the general public who eagerly participated understanding the gravity of the situation. (Page News Service)