Shutdown from 6 pm on Nov 19 to 12 noon on Nov 20
Dimapur, November 18: The North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) and the Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) have called for a 18-hours all Nagaland shut-down from 6 pm of November 19 to 12 noon of November 20 in protest against the Government of India’s plan to table the controversial CAB 2016 in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.
During the shutdown, all shops and business establishments will remain close. However, vehicular traffic will not be restricted and schools undergoing exams will not be affected.
“Once this contentious Bill becomes an Act it will forever change the demography of the entire North East states where the indigenous population will become minority in their own land like Tripura,” said JCPI convenor K Ghokheto Chopi and secretary Tia Longchar in a release. They informed that NEFIP have directed all federating states organizations to initiate a united mode of agitation to oppose the passage of the Bill.
The JCPI requested all citizens of Nagaland to extend full cooperation and bear with the inconveniences by suspending all normal activities and engagements to give a collective message to the Government of India to withdraw the controversial CAB 2016.
JCPI requested all shops and business establishments to voluntarily shutter down as a sign of protest.
Meanwhile an emergency meeting of Kohima based tribal hohos and civil organizations was held at Red Cross Complex, Kohima on Monday regarding the CAB and the meeting unanimously decided to extend full cooperation to the NEFIP and JCPI Nagaland call for total Nagaland shut-down.
NEFIP vice president Theja Therieh said the bandh has been called in protest against the callous attitude of the GoI against the North Eastern Region and Nagaland in particular “despite our continuous protest against the monster bill (CAB, 2016).”
NEFIP said the Bill once passed by the parliament will change the demography of the entire NE region whereby our economy, identity, culture and rights as indigenous people will be subverted by alien culture and the people in the region will become a minority in our own ancestral land.
“The present religion based citizenship is against the secular principle of Indian Constitution and the illegal migrants who can prove their resident for the last 6 years stay in the state will be naturalized as legal citizen like any of us,” it said.
The joint meeting today appealed to all section of the society to rise to the occasion and stand for our rights and reject the bill with their unflinching support towards the call for total bandh to sent strong message to the GoI not to isolate the minority groups of North Eastern region from main land India.
To protest against the contentious CAB 2016 which is going to be tabled once again in this winter session of Parliament, the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has extended full support to the total 18 hours bandh called by the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal immigrants (JCPI) and the Nagaland based unit of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP).
The NVCO appealed to the citizens to show their resentment as the contentious CAB is going to affect all sooner or later.
(Page News Service)