CAB will change demography of NE: Rio

CAB will change demography of NE: Rio

Dimapur, September 9: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday said the “highly controversial” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would change the demography of the Northeast, if it is implemented by the Centre.
Strongly opposing the bill in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the 4 NEDA conclave at Guwahati, Rio said all the Northeastern states had resolved earlier that they would not let the legislation affect the region.
Rio said, “In regard to Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) I think the whole North eastern regional parties have held meetings in Guwahati and resolved that this should not affect the North Eastern States because this will definitely change the demographic of the region and therefore while trying to handle all these things, we need to understand the ground situations of one or the other states”.
“We believe it will change the demography of the North East. We need to understand the ground situation,” Rio said.
He hoped that Shah and the central government would “listen to us”.
While expressing serious concern on the NRC final list, which was published on August 31 last, Rio said after the fall out of the NRC in Assam, it is very precarious and very delicate for the illegal immigrants coming from neighbouring state.
“We are also working hard to maintain and while doing so we are very cautious that we don’t harass any Indian citizen, particularly the hill tribal people who are in the North east”, Rio said and added “We have to coordinate with one another to identify the illegal immigrants because this have become a thorn in the flesh, the demographic is changing and tomorrow any of us will be in trouble that’s why we want that this are handled very carefully and safely so that we don’t face problems in the future”.
Naga talks in advance stage
On the Indo-Naga political talks, Rio said that the negotiations on the Naga Peace talks were at an advanced stage.
“We are hopeful of a solution very soon. We have also formed a joint legislation group,” he added.
He said, “I want to say that in Naga Political issue a Frame work agreement which was signed in 2015 3rd August and then after 22 years of peace process, negotiation , now it is in a very advanced stage and with the guidance and direction of Union Home Minister Amit Shah Ji.we are very hopeful that solution will come very early.
He said even the 60 Members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly have unanimously decided to form a platform known as the ‘Joint Legislators Forum’ to support, facilitate and to resolve the Naga issue.
Rio also sought support of all the states of the region to amicably settle the Nagaland issue as it was the “mother of all issues in the Northeast”. (Page News Service)