Kohima, January 30: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has decided to boycott the Nagaland government convened consultative meeting on controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 scheduled for tomorrow in Dimapur.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference at its party Central Headquarters here Wednesday evening, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said the Core Committee of the Party held a meeting today at the residential office of their President Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu to discuss on the State government convened consultative meeting on CAB.
Kikon, while revealing that NPF did not receive any official letter for the consultative meeting except the media reports, said that the Core Committee was of the view that NDPP-led PDA government in Nagaland has not opposed the bill when it was tabled in the Lok Sabha on January 6 last.
He also said that NDPP candidate Tokheho Sema is the lone member in the Lok Sabha and he also failed to oppose the bill.
Therefore, Kikon said that NPF observed that “the NDPP-led PDA government has no moral right whatsoever to convene a consultative meeting either with the political parties or civil societies on this particular issue”.
The NPF spokesperson said that the PDA government had been fooling the Naga people by stating that Nagaland is protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India and the Inner Line Permit during the State cabinet meetings held on January 7 and 18 without listening to the calls of the Naga tribal bodies and civil societies. But the PDA government took a U-turn by rejecting the bill in its meeting on January 28 and further convening a consultative meeting with political parties, tribal bodies and civil societies.
“NPF as the oldest political party of the region don’t need a certificate from NDPP or PDA government to support the interest of the Nagas and indigenous people of the North East,” Kikon said.
The NPF stated that the intention of NDPP-led PDA government in convening the consultative meet is “nothing but an eye wash and to shift the blame to the political parties and civil societies”.
He also said that NPF as a major political party, which stands to protect the rights of the Naga people cannot be fooled by such double standard politics of the PDA government and therefore NPF core committee has decided to boycott tomorrow’s meeting.
Meanwhile, Kikon also informed that the Core Committee has resolved to seriously re-examine the coalition status of NPF with BJP in Manipur following the passage of the CAB 2016 in Lok Sabha.
Passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill is the interest of the BJP led Central government because they have seen empty lands in the North East, he said while asserting that “North East cannot be used as a dumping ground for the immigrants and therefore we will continue to oppose tooth and nail against the bill”.
Further, NPF spokesperson also declared that its Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, K G Kenye will go against the bill if laid in the Upper House of the Parliament.
The NPF spokesperson also clarified that yesterday’s North East Region Political Parties meeting on CAB 2016 held in Guwahati, Assam was not of the parties aligning with BJP but of likeminded political parties of the region.
He also went on to state the seriousness of the NDPP on CAB 2016 could be seen during the meeting as its president Chingwang Konyak along with some officials reached just about five minutes before the conclusion of the meeting. (Page News Service)