Anti-CAB: More organizations back state-wide bandh

DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/9/2019 12:07:06 PM IST

Heeding the call of various civil societies, to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), under the banner of Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), more organizations have extended support to the state-wide bandh on February 11 (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 

CNTC: Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has endorsed its full support to the state-wide bandh called by NGBF, its media cell stated in a press note. The council also reiterated its stand to fully support the decision taken on February 6 at a meeting at Hotel Saramati called by the NGBF and attended by various organisations.

In this regard, CNTC has directed its constituent units to fully enforce the bandh in their respective districts and jurisdiction.

NCD: Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) has also extend solidarity to the anti-CAB state-wide bandh called by NGBF and Naga civil societies, while urging all to stand united against the Bill. NCD general secretary, Thsapongkyu Sangtam in a press note reminded all that the Bill was not only detrimental to the people of North Eastern states, but intended to reduce the indigenous people of the region to a minority in their own land. 

NCD was apprehensive that CAB, once voted into law, the Northeast including Nagaland will become dumping ground for illegal immigrants. 

It accused Government of India of trying to confer citizenship to foreigners on the basis of religious pretext. Northeast has always been plaguing with illegal immigrant issues and the passing of the bill will be an added burden to the already limited resources of the region, NCD stated. 

NCD therefore, appealed to the state government and also the lone Rajya Sabha member to oppose the bill and vote against it.

Further, NCD urged all the tribal hohos/union presidents in Dimapur to take responsibility to implement the bandh peacefully in their respective colonies.

NPF: Opposition NPF has extended its full support and cooperation to the total bandh across the state called by the NGBF to demonstrate the opposition against the controversial Bill.

NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu has directed all its divisional presidents and party leaders to cooperate and actively participate in bandh in their respective places.

He further asked party workers to ensure that the bandh went off peacefully and to send a clear message to the NDA government at the Centre that the Nagas in totality was opposed to the CAB.

The NPF also lambasted the statement made by BJP general secretary, Ram Madhav that the NDA government will place CAB in Rajya Sabha for approval in the ongoing session as a supplementary. 

Despite the entire North East region making hue and cry to scrap the Bill once and for all, NPF said the NDA was ready to go with the contentious Bill harming the interests of the North East people.

Though hectic lobbying has been taking place to get the Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha, NPF said its Rajya Sabha MP, KG Kenye will vote against the Bill if it is placed in the house.

NPF has also asked the general Naga public not to succumb to any pressure but to be united in one voice and fight against the scraping of the Bill and protect the indigenous people of the state as well as the Northeast region.

ENPO: Taking note of the negative impact of CAB on the people of the state, Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) has resolved to oppose the Bill tooth and nail and decided to impose bandh in the ENPO jurisdiction on February 11 from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

ENPO has also appealed to the state government to call for an emergency assembly session and pass a resolution opposing the CAB. 

ENPO has clarified that in view of the ensuing HSLC and HSSLC exam scheduled from February 12, the bandh will be observed only for six hours so as to enable students and school authorities enough time for the preparation of exams without any disturbances as the future of the students cannot be compromised.

MDGBA: Mokokchung District GBs Association (MDGBA) will be imposing the state-wide bandh in Mokokchung.

Talking to Nagaland Post over phone, MDGBA official said the bandh will be held through the active support and cooperation from all the civil societies of Mokokchung. 

Meanwhile, students appearing exams will be exempted, pre-engaged programs like weddings etc. media, magistrate on duty, medical personnel, police and paramilitary will also be exempted from the purview of the bandh. For further information, secretary of the district GB Association Along Jamir can be contacted on 7005207249, it added.

CPO: Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) has also extended its support to state-wide bandh on February 11.  

In a press release, CPO general secretary Veduvo Rhakho stated that the organisation will out rightly and vehemently oppose the Bill.

“It is only a political expression of RSS hidden agenda to turn India into full fledged Hindu nation and to determinately turn North East into Hindu immigrant dumping ground,” Rhakho stated.  

In this connection, CPO has appealed to all citizens to extend their support for the success of the bandh.


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