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PDA Govt’s stand on CAB ridiculous: NH


Asks PDA allies to state their stand on Bill

Dimapur, January 24: The Naga Hoho has termed as “ridiculous” the stand of the PDA Government in Nagaland on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016.
In a statement, the NH particularly came down heavily on the PDA Government’s defence that the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 also called Inner Line Permit and Article 371(A) will protect the people of Nagaland if the Citizenship Amendment Bill is eventually passed in the Rajya Sabha.
“Apparently, the PDA Government in Nagaland not taking a strong stand with regards to CAB is ridiculous,” it said.
Apart from NDPP and BJP – the two major partners in the PDA – the Naga Hoho also asked other small coalition partners like JD (U), Independent and NPP to spell out their position CAB to the Naga people on the Citizenship Bill as coalition partners of PDA.
‘Total ignorance’
“Linking Bengal Eastern Regulation Act of 1873 also called Inner line Permit (ILP) with CAB by the state government is either total ignorance or a political game,” it stated.
The NH said if the CAB does not infringe upon Art 371(A) as claimed by the PDA Government, there should be a special session of the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly to pass the resolution against CAB before the passing of the Bill in Rajya Sabha, which is due to sit very soon.
The State Cabinet had in a meeting on January 18 was of the unequivocal view that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not applicable to Nagaland as the State stand protected under the provisions of Article 371 (A) and the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873, affirmed under Clause 16 of the 16 Point Agreement.
The State Cabinet had also decided to adopt a resolution re-affirming all provisions of Article 371(A) and to strengthen the implementation of the ILP as per BEFR 1873, which will be taken up in the next session of the State legislative assembly.
Opposition parties, legal experts, village chiefs and Nagaland University teachers, besides others, have already rejected the PDA Government’s defence, saying it will not pass legal scrutiny.
‘Sinister design’
Coming down heavily on the CAB, the NH claimed that the Bill is a sinister design of the BJP led NDA Government to curb the inherent rights of the indigenous people to live freely in our own land through demographic politics and thereby undermining the sentiments of the people.
“It is the policy of the BJP led NDA Government to make the indigenous people in the NE as slave to mainlanders considering the strategic location of the NE region,” the NH alleged.
“Nagaland is not far from Assam which has become a matter of great concern. In a short while, this over populated migrant prone state of Nagaland is also bound to be severely affected basing on the fact that over forty lakhs non Indian citizens may have to leave Assam is a warning bell for Nagaland state. The statement of Mr Amit Shah in Kolkata on 21st January, 2019 to grant Indian citizenship to all Bengali refugees with the passage of CAB is well justified of our concern for Nagaland,” it said.
Taking this seriously, the Naga Hoho fully supported the decision of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) to boycott the Indian Republic Day on 26th January, which, the NH said, is most befitting to show our resentment to the centre.
The Naga Hoho also joined the rest of the organizations/ student bodies who are concerned and alarmed over the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill, which is anti indigenous people in nature. (Page News Service)