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CAB ‘devilish Bill’ doctored by BJP: NPF

DIMAPUR, FEB 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/11/2019 11:32:45 AM IST

NPF Legislature Party (NPFLP), under the leadership of TR Zeliang conveyed its sincere appreciation to civil society organisations and tribal bodies under the banner of Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) and JCPI for calling the State-wide bandh on Monday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was recently passed in Lok Sabha. 

In a communiqué, NPFLP said the spontaneous response from the general public to the call of the bandh was the voice of the people against the “devilish Bill doctored by BJP against the existence of indigenous people of the Northeast India”. It said the success of the bandh, which was based voluntary observance, was significant as it showed Naga people’s apparent anger, adding that the fear of survival as indigenous people was absolutely genuine and justified. 

Declaring that it was steadfast in its commitment to stand against the Bill till the last, the opposition party also appealed to all the citizens concerned of the State to stand up against this contentious Bill for their own survival. “We have no political design or agenda in this issue, but we take it as an issue for the very survival of our existence, transcending political spectrum. We are not interested to score any political mileage, but for the simple reason – to survive,” it clarified. 

Noting that the stir might be only the beginning, the party stressed continuing to fight together for “our right to exist as indigenous people”. It alleged that the design of the Bill was such that indigenous people of the Northeast would to be completely swamped and annihilated by foreigners. 

“Therefore, as torch bearer of regional politics, NPF stands up to the occasion for the survival of our race,” the communiqué affirmed. 

The opposition party warned that the oscillating stand of the PDA government led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio would be answerable and held responsible, should the Bill operate against survival of “our own indigenous people”. It cautioned that the “meek and cowardly” act of the present dispensation in handling such a vital issue would be disastrous for posterity of the Nagas and people of the Northeast. 

Referring to reports of commissioner asking NGBF to call off its bandh and reportedly threatening GBs of their appointments being cancelled, NPFLP termed the entire episode appalling and said it was unbecoming of the government official to indulge in such an act.

The party said the government should know that GBs were not appointed under any service rules, rather it was the special provisions under 371(A) that granted them the status to be guardians of customary and traditional laws and practice of the Naga people, as enshrined in the 16-point agreement.   

And as guardians of Naga customs and traditions, NPFLP appreciated the good leadership provided by NGBF, along with all tribal hohos and NGOs of the State.

It said it hoped and trusted the mighty hands of Almighty God to save the Naga people and Northeast India. 


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