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BJP leaders asked us to remain silent on CAA: Patton


Kohima, February 8: Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister and Leader of BJP Legislature Party, Y Patton today accepted that the BJP party and the legislators of the State were not allowed to ‘utter a word on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act’.
“Why we did not utter a voice is because our central leaders told us not to participate,” Pattor told the State Assembly on Saturday.
He was replying to Opposition leader TR Zeliang’s query in the State Assembly as to why BJP legislators and leaders from the State remained silent in the consultative meeting convened by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the legislators and civil society leaders of Nagaland on December 3 last in Delhi.
Patton said that the BJP national leaders had told the State unit that they would first seek the views of other political parties and only after that if required they can participate.
The Deputy CM claimed that all the leaders of different political parties – NPF, Congress, BJP and NDPP along with leaders of Naga civil societies comprising of Nagaland Goan Burah Federation, Naga Students’ Federation, Nagaland Tribes Council etc before meeting the Home Minister had meeting in the Nagaland House.
“We unanimously accepted and decided that we will ask for exemption from CAA and during the discussion with the Union Home Minister, he understood our problem and told us your state is exempted from CAA and asked if anybody had to say anything, but all of left after thanking the Union Home Minister,” he said.
In this, Opposition Leader rubbished the Patton’s statement saying “no organisations including himself had conceded to the statement of Union HM.
The Deputy CM is misleading the house with wrong information as they (civil society leaders) are not present in the house, Zeliang added. (Page News Service)