Mass protest against CAB in NE

DIMAPUR, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2019 11:12:43 AM IST

 NEIFP to resume stir; NESO to launch protest marches

With the BJP-led NDA government all set to push the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 this winter session of the Parliaments starting from November 18, the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) and North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Sunday announced to hold mass agitation across the North Eastern states.

NEIFP president Ningthouja Lancha said the forum has decided to resume the mass agitation against CAB and the authoritative attitude of Government of India (GoI) from Monday.

In line with NEFIP series of mass agitations, Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) has decided to hold the mass agitation Monday from Ima Keithel (iconic all-women market) in the heart of the capital city, Imphal followed by an 18 hour state-wide total shutdown on November 19 (till 6 p.m.).

Terming CAB as “genocidal Act”, NEFIP  pointed out that accepting it would be suicidal as it would lead to total extinction of indigenous population of the entire Northeast.

The forum, however, left the federating State organisations to decide the mode of agitation as per local situation and ground realities.

NEFIP also decided to bring an understanding among different likeminded social organisations to oppose the Bill collectively, besides requesting all MPs and members of the State Legislative Assemblies of the North-eastern region to oppose the Bill.

Appealing to the people of the Northeast to study, support and struggle for the cause, NEFIP regretted that instead of giving any heed to protests and prayer in the form of memorandum, the same Bill would be introduced in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament “undermining the aspirations and legitimate rights of the indigenes of the region”.

NEFIP said recognising such illegal immigrants as “natural persons” who could acquire Indian citizenship on the basis of religious identity ran antithetical to the Constitution of India, stressing that the eligibility criterion to grant citizenship to these illegal migrants, besides being unreasonable and unlawful, was genocidal for the indigenes of the Northeast.

Giving shelter and providing citizenship to the religiously persecuted migrants, who were actually labourers, would adversely affect the indigenous population of the entire region, it warned.

NEFIP said series of agitation were held and several memorandums were submitted to the Prime Minister and chief ministers of the region.

NESO: North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) also announced that it will hold protest marches against the proposed CAB across all the states in the region on Monday.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which is a major constituent of the NESO, and other seven member organisations will hold their demonstrations in front of the respective Raj Bhavans in all the states.

“Through each governor, the protesters will submit memorandums to the prime minister and home minister against the bill, which is strictly against the indigenous people of the region,” a NESO release said.

“North East is not a dustbin of illegal Bangladeshi people. Under no circumstances, the CAB will be accepted. Our protest against the anti-indigenous CAB will continue,” the statement said.

The BJP is bringing in the CAB only to garner votes of the illegal Bangladeshis and the ruling party is going ahead with the decision on the CAB on the back of their numbers in Parliament, it alleged. The member organisations of the NESO are AASU, KSU, GSU, AMSU, NSF, TSF, AAPSU and MZP.

The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in the country even if they do not possess proper documents.

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