Last updated on: October 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm IST
Dimapur, October 10: The NDPP led PDA today assured the people of the state that it ensures the safeguard of the all provisions of Article 371(A) and the BEFR 1873 vis-à-vis the ILP regime and to protect the rights and privileges of each and every citizen of Nagaland. It also assured the people that it does not follow a policy of rhetoric.
Reacting to the statement of NPF press bureau wherein the Opposition Party has attacked the Chief Minister, Lok Sabha MP and the PDA government over the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill and implementation of ILP in Dimapur district, the NDPP stated that the Union Home Minister has without a doubt declared that a provision will be included in the CAB to protect the NE states particularly Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, which is a much welcome decision.
It said the NPF has failed to actually understand what the provision is going to be and has attacked the chief minister and MP in their haste.
The NDPP said the Union Home Minister has reiterated in Aizwal on October 5 what he has declared at the NEDA meeting on September 9 last that the NE states will be protected through provisions in the proposed CAB and that “the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in force in the NE states will be incorporated in the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill”, thus vindicating the stand of the PDA government that the ILP regime and Article 371(A) will protect Nagaland.
“We are all aware that Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are protected by the ILP regime and it was because of such provisions that the Home Minister has specifically mentioned these states,” the NDPP said in a statement.
The NDPP also asked the NPF, as a political party to answer to the people why they have time and again held the stand and thoroughly tried to mislead the people that the ILP regime under the BEFR 1873 cannot protect Nagas and Nagaland from the proposed CAB.
It also questioned what was the then Chief Minister, T R Zeliang doing when the proposed CAB was being formulated in Parliament in 2016 while the state was under his guard. The NDPP said the government of the day at that point of time did not even utter a squeak of protest while today they are trying to portray themselves as the champions of the people.
“If ever a time comes that the GoI decides to remove the special rights guaranteed to us, then the NPF shall be held solely responsible because if the Nagas ourselves keep insisting that these rights do not or cannot protect us, then we stand the risk of losing these rights,” the NDPP stated and asked the NPF to explain to the Nagas as to why the blood, tears and sweat of our pioneers are being portrayed as insufficient to protect us.
The NPF should also declare to the Nagas if they have any better alternative to protect the Nagas instead of condemning the sacrifices of those visionary Naga leaders who led the fight for our rights in the past decades, the NDPP said.
The NDPP further stated that the new provision to be added in the proposed CAB still does not say that proposed CAB will not be applicable to Nagaland nor will it disallow those people who are granted citizenship under the amended Citizenship Act of 1955 from entering/visiting the sate with valid necessary documents.
It is for this reason that the PDA government led by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio have and will continue to hold the stand that Article 3712(A) and the BEFR 1873 will protect the state and its people of their rights, privileges and lands. It is with this stand that the PDA government has decided to extend the ILP regime to Dimapur district, the NDPP affirmed.
The NDPP also accused the NPF of betraying the people of Nagaland by having boycotted all important consultative meetings on CAB on January 31 of all apex organization and the state Government where resolution to reject the CAB had been unanimously passed. The NDPP also stated that NPF walked out of the Assembly on February 25 while the Assembly resolution rejecting the CAB and endorsing the resolution of January 31 passed by all apex civil society organizations was being moved for passing.
“The moment they boycotted the consultative meetings and walked out from the Assembly without adopting resolutions to oppose the CAB, they failed to protect the people who voted for them,” the NDPP stated.
Stating that as a responsible opposition party, it is their duty to highlight matters of public importance, the NDPP said it is unbecoming of any political party to keep attacking the government of the day at their whims and fancy on issues that have already been exhaustively discussed and actions have been put in motion.
The NDPP said at a time when the entire Naga society is tirelessly working for achieving an honorable political solution to the vexed Indo-Naga political issue, it is shocking to observe that the NPF suddenly decides to create noise by racking up an issue where it had miserably failed the people and dwell into its politics of trying to mislead the public with lies. (Page News Service)