Dimapur, December 5: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee today stated that there were no differences between the delegates from Nagaland that met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on December 3 in Assam House at Delhi.
According to a press release issued by NPCC President, K Therie, the Nagaland delegates who met the Union Home Minister (UHM) on CAB was comprised of NDPP, BJP, NPF, Congress, ANGBA, NTC, ENPO and NSF.
Before meeting Amit Shan, they unanimously decided to appeal to “exempt Nagaland from the purview of 6th CAB”. Excepting Congress, every one spoke demanding exemption, including Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang.
Chairman NEDA and Minister, Hemanta Biswa Sarma conducted the meeting. He intervened after Rio’s speech and imposed that CAB would be implemented all over the nation including NRC.
In the case of Nagaland, the basis of granting citizenship will be ILP in addition to other qualifications required in the format. He said ILP number would be required to grant citizenship. A column would be provided in the format where the applicant would require to refer and mention the ILP number.
Theja Therie then intervened and stated that ILP being a temporary travel permit for 15 days, it does not have numbers. To this, Chairman NEDA replied “your government has to make the numbers”.
Rio has welcomed the decision.
TR Zeliang sought time to further explain but Amit Shah without hearing him, asked him not to politicise.
The NPCC president rued that Union Home Minister spoke in Hindi only and wondered whether the demand submitted by the Nagaland delegates was understood by him.
However, Amit Shan and Chairman NEDA both assured that the draft Bill be sent to Nagaland for further consultation.
Congress did not speak in the meeting as they were unanimous on the demand to exempt Nagaland from the purview of CAB. (Page News Service)