Dimapur, December 4: Nagaland Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang has appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to exempt Nagaland from the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
Speaking at a meeting with Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on the issue of CAB at New Delhi yesterday, Zeliang said that provision of Article 371(A) and BEFR 1873/ILP cannot stop a person, particularly Illegal Bangladesh Immigrants, from acquiring Indian Citizenship anywhere in India.
It is without doubt that there are many undocumented illegal Immigrants who are living in NE States without proper documents including Nagaland, he said adding, these undocumented illegal immigrants who have entered NE States like Nagaland on or before December 31, 2014 and have been living without being noticed by the State will eventually become Indian Citizens if the CAB is implemented.
He said despite the existence of provisions like ILP checking system the Naga people are not protected unless a particular word like ‘Exemption’ or ‘Exempted’ is incorporated as a Special Clause in the final draft of the contentious Bill before passing the same in both the Houses of Parliament.
Zeliang reminded Shah about his declaration at Aizawl on October 5 that a Special Clause would be incorporated in the Citizenship Amendment Bill in order to protect the interest of NE States inclusive of Nagaland is seen as a ray of hope.
“In the midst of turmoil and confusion, directly or indirectly created by the emergence of CAB, your recent announcement is seen as a genuine approach to safeguard the rights and identity of the indigenous people from the CAB,” he stated.
In line with the positive announcement in Mizoram, Zeliang urged the Union Home Minister to do justice to the cries of the Naga people by exempting Nagaland from coming under the purview of CAB.
He also hoped that Shah would apply his wisdom and do justice to his appeal for exemption of Nagaland from CAB. (Page News Service)