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NPF slams CM’s stand on CAB

DIMAPUR, OCT 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/8/2019 11:19:56 AM IST

Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) Tuesday appreciated the “right stand” taken by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) from day one and said that the duo’s “people-centric outlook” was “very much unlike” chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s “myopic belief of taking shelter under Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).”

NPF through its press bureau also expressed gratitude to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, for understanding the issue and declaring that a special clause would be incorporated in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in order to protect the interest of North East States particularly Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

NPF said chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s “naive belief” that Nagaland was protected under such provisions has been proved wrong with the Union Home Minister’s declaration.

Without such a special clause, NPF said no state was protected under any provisions from the Bill in its present form.

NPF stated that the ignorance of the Bill and its implication on the part of Neiphiu Rio coupled with his MP abstaining from attending the Parliament Session when the said Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha was “most unfortunate.”

If the Bill did not lapse in the Rajya Sabha, NPF questioned “what would have been the position of Nagaland today? Will Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi be in a position to protect the Nagas from such a dangerous Act today?”

It also pointed out that in the cabinet meetings held on June 5, 2018 and January 7, 2019, chief minister and his Cabinet “never opposed the Bill.” 

However, NPF said on January 28, 2019, the chief minister and his Cabinet took a U-turn and decided to oppose the Bill, which it added was, however, under the assumption that the State was protected under Artical 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).

During the Assembly Session in February 2019, NPF said its legislators walked-out in protest against the “infamous resolution” on CAB which had clubbed the two constitutional provisions – Artical 371(A) and ILP/Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 – with the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

The same was PDA government’s resolution and was never accepted as Assembly resolution by the opposition party, the NPF added.

NPF claimed it was aware from the beginning that unless a notable clause was incorporated in the controversial Bill, no State in any part of North East India was protected under any provision including Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP)

According to NPF, the matter could have been resolved amicably if the problem was identified prior to passing of the Bill by the 16th Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 and if the three states had taken the same stand.

NPF has, however, welcomed the “positive announcement” aimed towards safeguarding the rights and identity of the indigenous people in North East.

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