Dimapur, February 12: The Congress party in Nagaland has demanded Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to make clear his personal stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to the people of the State.
“I demand that Hon’ble CM come out honestly and truthfully with his personal stand on CAB. If the U-turn decision to ‘oppose and reject’ CAB is true, what course of action he plans to amend the error NDPP has committed in voting in favour of Bill, should be made known to the people,” said a press release issued by Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee president, K Therie.
Therie claimed that for the third time, the PDA has decided to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and has also voted in its favour on 8th January 2019 in Parliament.
He said the Congress opposed CAB since the introduction of the Bill on 17th July 2016, while the NPF has also come clear with their stand opposing CAB. “Even NPF’s Rajya Sabha Member has made clear his stand opposing CAB. We are happy that all civic societies have made their stand clear opposing the Bill. The people of Nagaland have made it clear that we oppose CAB by co-operating with the Bandh called on 11th February, 2019,” he said.
Accusing the NDPP and PDA of maintaining a double standard, Therie claimed that on one hand, the State Cabinet has taken a u-turn decision from its original stand to now ‘oppose and reject’ CAB in Nagaland blaming civic societies while on the other hand, NDPP MP praised BJP Government in Parliament on 7th February, 2019 for four lane road. “He (NDPP MP) very conveniently and deliberately ignored CAB in his speech. He expressed dismay over delay in political solution but praised the BJP Government indicating political solution and the burning CAB issues are secondary,” he claimed.
Therie also claimed that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with his Cabinet colleagues also held cordial parleys with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 10 but were silent on CAB.
“CM cannot continue to cheat, fool or betray his subjects,” he said while demanding the CM come out “honestly and truthfully” with his personal stand on CAB. (Page News Service)