CAA camouflaged by ILP to deceive Nagas: Cong

DIMAPUR, DEC 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/17/2019 11:31:39 AM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has rejected the “conditional Citizenship (Amendment) Act” exemption for Nagaland based on Inner Line Permit, saying it was just “a plain hoax to fool our people.”

Cautioning the tribe hohos, student bodies and civil society organizations, NPCC urged them “to pay more attention to the wolves at our door in guise of CAA that is camouflaged by ILP.”

NPCC said that the act of exempting states/areas under ILP and Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution was a complete eyewash, since any immigrant getting asylum in any part of the country and after obtaining citizenship could easily travel and sneak into those protected areas to settle down. 

Asserting that it was high time for the people of Nagaland to wake up before it was too late, NPCC pointed out that CAA was a lethal blow to the secular foundation of the Constitution. 

“It marks the victory of Hindutva forces that is against the liberal and pluralistic ethos of India that had withstood the test of time,” it added.

Today, NPCC said that the very idea of nationhood was being based on religion and taking the nation on a course to the point of no return. CAA which discriminates grant of citizenship on religious lines not only offends Article 14 but also the very founding principle of our constitution as Secular Republic, it added.

While state BJP had wholeheartedly welcomed CAA, the NDPP and NPF after allowing their respective MPs to vote in support of CAB were still hesitant to clearly justify their decision and many CSOs were confused over CAA exemption based on ILP, the party said.

Criticising the two regional parties-- NDPP and NPF for betraying the mandate of the people, NPCC said the two parties should instead merge with BJP rather than taking the Nagas for a ride with their constant political opportunism, that was bartering away the rights of future generations.

NPCC recalled that during the December 3 meeting, of all state political parties with Home Minister Amit Shah, the unanimous demand was for total exemption of CAB from Nagaland. 

However, when CAB was passed in Lok Sabha, the exemption was only granted on the basis of states having ILP and areas covered under Sixth Schedule. 

This innocuous exemption may have pacified some sections of the society but it must be remembered that the non effective implementation of ILP over the years has already resulted in silent invasion of outside people settling in protected area which can no longer be ignored. 

Though the state government had brought Dimapur district under ILP coverage (November 21, 1979 being the cut-off date), NPCC, however said there were still plenty of grey areas where the government was unable to address the concerns of all affected people and the issue may get prolonged leading to bitterness and division among the people.

 Given BJP’s penchant for scrapping protective laws in its quest for one nation one law, NPCC opined that if BJP decides to scrap the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873 that provides for ILP, then CAA would be automatically applicable to Nagaland. 

Moreover, it said Nagaland cannot afford to live in isolation under false notion of being safeguarded by ILP.

With the neighbouring states already on fire and students in universities across the nation being brutally crushed by police for protesting against CAA, NPCC said: “Our silence will only encourage the BJP government to crush dissenting voices with all the might of government machinery.” 


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