CAB: 10 hrs Nagaland bandh today

CAB: 10 hrs Nagaland bandh today
Anti-CAB protesters with placards outside Raj Bhavan Kohima on February 8. (NP file)
DIMAPUR, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2019 11:10:26 AM IST

Naga civil society organizations (CSOs) under the banner of Nagaland GBs Federation will be imposing a state-wide bandh on February 11 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the bandh in ENPO areas will be imposed from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

Despite the state government’s appeal to reconsider the bandh call, assuring that it will propose adoption of a resolution to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the forthcoming budget session scheduled to be held on February 21, the CSOs were adamant to go ahead with the bandh.

Organizations like the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) had categorically stated that “under no circumstances will the bandh be called off.” 

It however decided not to deploy any volunteers to enforce the bandh anywhere across the state, leaving it to the people to make a conscious decision to support the bandh in order to send a message to the Central Government that the preservation and the protection of the indigenous lives in the North East was of outmost priority.

While informing that press and media were automatically exempted, JCPI said police, district administration, medical & emergency services, army & paramilitary forces, students and teachers on examination, pre-engaged programmes like weddings, autorickshaws or transportations ferrying students on examination, train and flight passengers, members of the NSCN (I-M) attending the National Hoho, etc. are also exempted from the purview of the bandh.

On Friday, tribal organisations, civil society groups, students and elders took out a rally in the state capital to protest against the controversial Bill, besides demanding resolution of the “Indo-Naga” political issue before the announcement of parliamentary elections. 

Two memorandums to the President of India on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and  Prime Minister of India on Solution to Indo-Naga Political issue were submitted through secretary to Governor PB Acharya.

Appeal to observe bandh

Pursuant to the resolution adopted at the consultative meeting held at Hotel Saramati here on February 6, Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of civil organisations, tribal bodies and indigenous citizens of Nagaland have appealed to all citizens of the State to observe Nagaland bandh on Monday. 

In a statement issued by its media cell, JCC the proposed bandh to be peaceful and voluntary participation of every citizen, knowing the issue for which the mass agitation had been necessitated, “as such a law will have immense ramifications” and adversely impact the future, both directly and indirectly.

JCC explained that the resentment of the people of Nagaland expressed in the form of mass agitation was against the “lackadaisical attitude” of Government of India (GoI) and dilly-dallying concluding political negotiations for years. It said the Nagas were now feeling agitated as years of negotiations without apparent solution was tantamount to taking them for a ride. 

Referring to the promise of “election for solution”, the committee expected GoI to be transparent and more honest with its citizens “rather than giving them false hopes and ultimately betray them, citing excuses”.

It alleged that, rubbing salt to the injury, New Delhi was now hell bent on imposing its political agenda as the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8. It said the Bill was now expected to be tabled in Raja Sabha anytime as a supplementary item, as confirmed by BJP’s national secretary Ram Madhav. 

Mentioning that people of the Northeast cutting across political affiliations had rejected CAB outright, JCC regretted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook visits to a few North-eastern States with the intention of pacifying the people. 

“Nevertheless, whatever assurances GoI had given on CAB and its implications, one cannot be duped for the reason that there is no mechanism by which indigenous people can be protected locally or nationally from the menace once CAB is enacted,” it added. JCC said “relentless lobby” of the Central government for the Bill amounted to total disregard to the sentiments of people of the Northeast.

Meanwhile, JCC appealed to all tribe hohos and GBs to coordinate and monitor the bandh to ensure that no violence takes place under any circumstances. It said the bandh was a conscience call to the people to rise on the occasion and protect their rights, privileges, dignity and security.

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