‘PDA trying to rebrand Bill to please Delhi’
Dimapur, May 26: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused the PDA Government in Nagaland of truing to rebrand and change the narrative of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the context of the Nagas to please New Delhi.
“What should also not be forgotten is the PDA government had even adopted a resolution to oppose the Bill. However, now that the winds have changed at the Centre, an attempt is being made to rebrand and change the narrative of the Bill in the context of the Nagas to please New Delhi,” said NPCC president K Therie in a press release.
However, Therie warned that the issue if not handled with wisdom could be the start to an end of the Nagas and our indigenous status.
“I am worried because I would not like my future generations and siblings to be submerged in the ocean of migrants which I foresee in a matter of a few decades. The demography will be changed and our religion, identity, culture and social practices will vanish in the overcrowded population with time,” he said.
Stating that the Congress party believes that Nagas are not safe under CAB, he said the party had therefore raised its voice on the issue during the 2019 Lok Sabha election. “However, the mandate was in favour of CAB (NDPP+BJP) with a thin margin,” he admitted.
Alleging that the whole CAB 2016 has been a vote bank politics and the BJP has reaped its benefits in the recently concluded Parliamentary election, the NPCC said the the BJP won in West Bengal and Assam because CAB Bill was supported by illegal migrant voters and well wishers who were yearning to bring their relatives from the three mentioned nations. “If their votes can win the election that alone is proof that they are not in small numbers as explained in the study paper,” he reasoned.
“Further, BJP is not worried about Hill States’ objection to CAB for our numbers hardly matter to them. What should be in focus is the long term objective of the Bill which is clearly to submerge the political rights and identities of the tribals and the region in time to come.”
“While the CAB 2016 plans to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 thus granting legal status to the illegals, Himanta Biswa Sarma, the alleged architect of the Bill admitted that there are more than 8 Lakh Hindu Bengalis in Assam, the actual numbers could be larger, who would be granted citizenship. Therefore the number 31,313 quoted as reference for the number of people who would benefit from CAB 2016, is utterly misguiding,” he said.
The NPCC called for an open debate on the CAB issue in presence of all political parties, civil societies and legal luminaries and once and for all take a stand collectively and on consensus, so that the central government would leave out Nagaland from the purview of this Bill. Therie also made it clear that there is no relation between CAB and Art 371(A). (Page News Service)