Dimapur, January 24: The Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation (ENSF) along with its 6 federating units — CCSU, USSC, KSU, PSC, YAA & Konyak Students’ Union — have expressed dismay against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and have decided to independently boycott the coming Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
In a press release, ENSF president, Sepili L Sangtam and general secretary, Imtichoba Chang said when the people of the State are demanding detection and deportation of illegal migrants, the central government is trying to legalise the illegal migrants.
It said cultural identity should be safeguarded because if the proposed amendments in the Citizenship Bill are not withdrawn immediately, it would be a death knell for the indigenous people of Nagaland.
The ENSF also questioned the State Government for not having the political will to oppose the CAB which would have future ramifications in the region. It said all politicians should be refrained from playing “vote bank Polly tricks” on such sensitive issues and that they shouldn’t be splitting the strength of the people to conceal their misrule and incapabilities.
The ENSF said it is fully committed to safeguarding the rights of the indigenous people of the region and would not hesitate to oppose this nefarious bill tooth and nail.
Meanwhile, the federation has directed and empowered all its federating units to boycott the Republic Day celebrations within their respective jurisdiction and sought public cooperation. It also asked all educational institutions, schools & colleges to refrain from participating in any events pertaining to R-Day celebrations, warning that failure to comply with the directive would invite stern action from the federation. (Page News Service)