‘Voice of the people against CAB’
Dimapur, February 11: The NPF Legislature Party has appreciated the organizers of the statewide bandh today under the aegis of Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) and JCPI against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which was recently passed in the Lok Sabha.
In a communiqué, the NPF legislature party said the spontaneous response from the general public to the call of the bandh is the voice of the people against the devilish design of CAB 2016, which, it said, is doctored by the BJP party against the existence of the indigenous people of North-East India.
“The success of this bandh, which was entirely based on voluntary performance is the mother of all bandhs in the State. The response of the people to the call of the bandh is so significant and the apparent anger of the Naga people. The fear of survival as indigenous people is absolutely genuine and justified,” it said.
Stating the NPF party is steadfast in its commitment to stand against this impending Act to the last, it appealed to all the concerned citizens of the State to stand up against this contentious bill for our own survival. “We have no political design or agenda in this issue, but we take it as an issue for the very survival of our existence, transcending all political spectrum. We are not interested to score any political mileage in this aspect, but for the simple reason ‘To survive our indigenous existence,” it said.
Stating that this agitation maybe only the beginning, the NPF said all should together continue to fight for our right to exist as indigenous people. It claimed that the design of the bill is such that the indigenous people of Northeast India is to be completely swamped and annihilated by foreigners. “Therefore, the NPF as torch bearers of Regional politics stand up to the occasion for the survival of our race.”
The NPF also termed the “oscillating stand” of the PDA government in Nagaland led by Neiphiu Rio as the Chief Minister of the State shall be answerable and held responsible should the bill operate against survival of our own indigenous people. “The meek and cowardly acts of the present dispensation in handling such vital issue will be disastrous for posterity of the Nagas and the people of Northeast,” it stated.
The NPF legislature party also condemned what it alleged is the “unbecoming” act of the Commissioner of the State Government in threatening the GB Federation to call off the bandh or face dire consequence of their appointments being cancelled by the government is appalling. “The government should know that the GBs are not appointed under any service rules rather it is the special provisions under 371(a) which grants them the status to be guardians of customary and traditional laws and practice of the Naga people, as enshrined in 16 point agreement,” it added. (Page News Service)