NPF appreciates Conrad, Zoramthanga

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Dimapur, October 9: The Naga Peoples’ Front has appreciated the stand of Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Zoramthanga, Chief Minister of Mizoram for taking the right stand against Citizenship Amendment Bill from day one.
It also expressed gratitude to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah who understood the issue and had declared in Aizawl on Saturday that a special clause would be incorporated in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in order to protect the interest of NE States particularly Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
The NPF said the people-centric outlook of Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Zoramthanga, Chief Minister of Mizoram is very much unlike Neiphiu Rio’s myopic belief of taking shelter under Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).
“The naive belief of Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio that Nagaland is protected under such provisions has been proved wrong today with the Union Home Minister declaring that a special clause would be incorporated in the Bill to protect the NE States including Nagaland,” the NPF said adding, without such a special clause, no State is protected under any provisions from the Bill in its present form.
The NPF pointed out that in the Cabinet Meetings held on June 5, 2018 and January 7, 2019, Neiphiu Rio and his Cabinet never opposed the Bill. Later, on January 28, 2019, Rio and his Cabinet took a U-turn and decided to oppose the Bill which however was under the assumption that the State was protected under Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).
During the Assembly Session in February 2019, Legislators of the Naga Peoples’ Front walked-out in protest against the infamous resolution on CAB which had clubbed the two constitutional provisions -Article 371(A) and ILP/Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873- with the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a press release issued by NPF Press Bureau stated, adding the same was PDA Government’s resolution and was never accepted as Assembly resolution by the Opposition Party. It said the Naga Peoples’ Front was aware from the beginning that unless a notable clause is incorporated in the controversial Bill, no State in any part of NE India is protected under any provision including Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP). (Page News Service)