Dimapur, January 29: The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) today claimed that the NDPP and the PDA Government have maintained a consistent and clear stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Speaking at the NE Region’s political parties convention on Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 today, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said the Nagaland Government had objected to the CAB by writing to the Central Government to review the bill through a Cabinet decision, which was further reiterated by the Nagaland Cabinet on the inapplicability of the bill in Nagaland due to special protection and safeguards.
“From the very beginning we have made it clear that Nagaland is protected by special provisions of the Constitution of India under Article 371 (A) and the ILP Regime as per the Bengal Frontier Regulation Act,” he said.
Chingwang said in its latest decision dated 28th January, 2019, the Nagaland Cabinet had again clearly restated that it is opposed to the bill and therefore rejected the CAB. The decision, he said, was taken in response to the will and desire of the people, who have expressed their resentment in various ways of democratic manner.
The Nagaland Government has also decided to call for a consultative meet with the tribal organisations, political parties, NGOs, civil societies and all stakeholders to gather the views and opinions of all sections, he said.
Chingwang also informed that Nagaland Government has appealed to the Government of India to hold consultations with all the northeastern states so that the rights and privileges of the indigenous people of the region are safeguarded and protected.
“The provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India under Article 371 (A) protects the State of Nagaland with special safeguards and our party will forever stand guard to ensure that the provisions of the Constitution are upheld at all costs,” he said. The NDPP also placed on record its appreciation to the organizers of the meeting especially the AGP and the NPP for taking the initiative and the trouble in holding the meet in Guwahati. (Page News Service)