‘CAB 2016 a threat to minorities’
Kohima, February 8: Naga civil societies along with people from different walks of life on Friday took to the streets in the State capital here demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and also demanding solution of protracted Indo-Naga political problem before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
The public rally was held under the aegis of Nagaland Goan Burahs Federation (NGBF) where in apex tribal bodies and students and mothers associations converged at Old MLA junction and marched till Raj Bhavan through the main town and submitted two separate memorandums addressed to President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on CAB and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Naga issue through the Governor of Nagaland P B Acharya.
The rallyist held banners and placards and shouted slogans demanding “Scrap CAB 2016 – Save Indigenous Citizens” and “We demand solution to Indo-Naga Political issue before Parliamentary Election”.
In the memorandum to President, the Naga civil societies expressed, “the CAB 2016 is posing the greatest threat to us, the minorities, for the first time in the history of India in its 72 years of existence as a sovereign nation”.
The Naga bodies therefore stated that it is unfortunate that the Union government is so determined to bring this amendment on the basis of religion which is anti-thesis to secular spirit.
They said “the CAB 2016 is subjectively aimed at giving rights and protection to foreigners in India at the cost of its indigenous citizens who are now exposed to threats to their very existence”.
The Naga civil bodies questioned, “Is India under BJP for Indians or for foreigners?”
Expressing that the Naga in general do not appreciate the attitude of the Union Government when its loyalty and accountability to indigenous citizens are shifted to non-Indians, they said such attitude is tantamount to undermining the bona fide Indian citizens as though “we have become obsolete in the consideration of the Union Govt. and for which we should be replaced by those foreigners.”
The Naga civil societies urged the President of India not to give his assent to the controversial Bill even when it is passed by both Houses of Parliament or not to give assent when the Union Government resorts to make it a law through an ordinance.
Later addressing a press conference after the rally, Nagaland Tribes Council secretary (information & pblicity) Theja Therieh informed that in support of the demands submitted today, the Naga civil societies would be imposing 12-hour statewide total bandh on February 11. (Page News Service)