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NESO calls 11-hr NE bandh on Jan 8

Citizenship bill bandh

Dimapur, January 5: The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), a banner organization of 11 frontline students organization in the region, has called for 11-hour bandh from 5 a.m. on January 8 in protest against the Centre’s bid to get controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the Parliament.
All NESO constituents – AASU, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (Amsu), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) – have been demanding that the Centre withdraw the bill immediately to make Northeast free from illegal influx. They have vehemently opposed the Citizenship (Amndment) Bill 2016.
The NESO also condemned the announcement of the Prime Minister that the Bill would be passed soon.
The NESO made it clear that it would never accept the Bill since this move by the Government of India is an imposition on the sentiments of the indigenous people of Northeast and that this move by the Centre is very dangeroius as it would reduce the indigenous people of the Northeast to minority.
It also warned the Government of India not to play with the future of the indigenous people of the Northeast for vote bank politics.
It requested the people of the Northeast region to cooperate with the bandh as this would send a clear message to the Government of India that Northeast is not a dumping ground of illegal immigrants.
(Page News Service)