NPF stages state-wide protest against Citizenship Act; demands rollback

NPF stages state-wide protest against Citizenship Act; demands rollback
(L-R) NPF workers participate in the peaceful sit-in protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Dimapur, Wokha and Kohima respectively on Tuesday.
Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/MOKOKCHUNG/KIPHIRE, FEB 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/11/2020 11:40:04 AM IST

The opposition Naga Peoples Front (NPF) on Tuesday staged peaceful state-wide protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act demanding immediate rollback of the contentious Act. 

Addressing protest rally organised by NPF Dimapur division at Naga Shopping Arcade Dimapur, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu described CAA as “discriminatory and divisive” and said that the Act was to support one religion and suppress others.
Stating that whole world considered India as the “greatest democratic nation” or “largest democracy in the world,” Dr. Shürhozelie said “India is great and its greatness depends on ‘Unity in Diversity’.” He, however, alleged that the purpose of CAA was to do away with that ‘unity in diversity’. He maintained that CAA would destroy the greatness of India if the “arrogant attitude” of the present government continued to suppress others.
Dr. Shürhozelie said that the explanations of incorporating ILP in the CAA or exemption of Nagaland from CAA etc. have got nothing to do with population politics. “We must understand the dangers of CAA and take precautionary measure before it is too late,” he asserted. NPF president also affirmed that the party stood for secularism and democracy as enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution of India.
Meanwhile, commenting on the development programme in the state, Dr. Shürhozelie expressed joy that many developmental activities particularly in road sector in Nagaland have taken place during the last two years. Citing recent announcement made by state government that the state has been given some projects by the Centre, NPF president said “Let us take it as good news, but as far as the works going on now or done during the last two years, sanctions were obtained by the previous NPF government.” 
KOHIMA: Joining the party workers in other districts, the NPF Kohima division organized sit-in protest at Old MLA hostel junction Kohima Tuesday.
Hundreds of party workers and well-wishers attended the rally holding banners and placards some of which read “CAA , a threat to future generation”, “CAA murdered secularism”, “condemn vote bank politics condemn CAA” , “NPF condemn CAA”, “ NPF reject CAA” , “down down CAA” “injustice cannot become a law”, etc.
Addressing the gathering, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon said CAA was discriminatory, anti-tribal, anti-minority and against the ideals of secularism enshrined in the constitution. 
He reminded that if people remained silent today, other harsher law like Uniform civil code (UCC) would be imposed on them. Kikon challenged the church, students and public not to remain silent but rise up.
Kikon said NPF was expressing resentment against the Act on behalf of the Naga people both inside and outside the assembly. Maintaining that people rejected CAA across the country, he said that some states including Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and West Bengal have passed resolution in the assembly against CAA.
MOKOKCHUNG: Along with the rest of the divisions, the NPF Mokokchung division also staged sit-in protest against CAA at Imlong Place, Mokokchung town on Tuesday.
NPF central representatives led by NPF central working president Dr. Huskha Yepthomi, vice president (central) and NPF framers wing president, Lanukaba and a host of party workers shared party’s views on CAA after the introductory note from NPF Mokokchung division president, Moasangba Jamir.
The participants staged the protest holding placards some of which read ‘Roll back CAA’, ‘NPF reject CAA’, ‘Save us from CAA’, ‘Condemn vote bank politics, condemn CAA’ etc.
After the protest, the NPF officials met the press and disclosed the purpose of the protest. 
They claimed that Nagas were very small in numbers and could be outnumbered by others in their own land in the future if they did not take precautionary and preventive measures today. NPF officials also claimed that CAA would provide citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants allowing them to become legal citizens and flood the North East region.
Claiming that illegal immigrants would now arrive with legal documents, NPF officials said even Article 371A and ILP would not be able to protect Nagas and they would eventually outnumber Nagas in their own land. 
WOKHA: NPF Wokha division organised a sit-in dharna at police point Wokha town to oppose the CAA on Tuesday.
Speaking at the protest site, NPF central vice president Tsumongo Ovung expressed dismay over the amended Citizenship Act and affirmed that NPF would continue to oppose it.
He also called upon all right thinking citizens and organizations to oppose the CAA.
Dr. Chumben Murry MLA explained that ILP and Article 371 (A) cannot protect the state once the law is implemented. He, therefore, called upon the gathering to stand up and oppose the CAA unconditionally. He said CAA posed a bigger threat to the younger generation.
To educate the people about CAA, the NPF Wokha unit circulated write-up concerning party’s stand on CAA in Lotha language.
Party workers and participants shouted anti-CAA slogans and held placards opposing CAA.
KIPHIRE: Joining the party workers across the state, NPF Kiphire division staged a sit-in protest against CAA at Delux Point, Kiphire town Tuesday.
NPF central general secretary, R Joshua Sangtam spoke at the programme and highlighted the purpose behind the sit-in protest against CAA. 
The short programme was chaired by NPF Kiphire division president, Justin Khatomong T while invocation was said by NPF women wing Kiphire division president, Throngkila.
ZUNHEBOTO: To protest against the amended citizenship law, the NPF Zünheboto division organised sit-in protest rally at Centre Point Zünheboto town on Tuesday attended by huge number of people from all walks of life besides civil society organization.
Delivering opening remarks, ex-MLA Dr K.C Nihoshe Yepthomi, who is also the NPF senior vice president and COB Zünheboto in-charge, highlighted about CAA and said the Act would do injustice to the northeast region and indigenous minorities.
Also, speaking at the rally, Vilika representing STH Zünheboto appealed to every right thinking citizen to oppose the Act. She said the stance of STH Zünheboto against CAA was loud and clear.
ZAPO vice president Kakugha Rotokha also questioned the silence of other civil organizations on the CAA.
Other prominent leaders who also spoke included Zhutovi Zhimo, GB DC Hill; Dr Kaito and Zheito Chophy. Earlier, the programme was chaired by NPF Zünheboto Division general secretary Khuketo Yeptho and short prayer by STH (Z) president Boholi. The programme ended with the speech by NPF Zünheboto division president Akavi Sumi and benediction by Vikali.
PHEK: NPF Phek division also organised a peaceful sit-in protest against CAA at Phek town.
Addressing the meeting, NPF central working president, Thenucho Tunyi, said that as a Christian state “we should oppose CAA which is against the principle of religious rights.” He said that the entry of illegal immigrants into the state cannot be stopped or guaranteed by the Inner Line Permit.
Though ILP had been in force, Thenucho said no successive government could implement it effectively. 
He, therefore, called upon Nagas to oppose CAA. Thenucho alleged that it was the policy of BJP to impose “one nation, one religion and one government”, against the ethos of Christians.
On the occasion, NPF Phek division resolved to oppose CAA and condemn the Act. It also resolved to organise such protest in all its A/Cs and unit levels. Short speeches were also delivered by NPF central secretary Wetezü Mero. The meeting was chaired by NPF Phek division president Wepe Mekrisuh.
Meanwhile, NPF central office through its press bureau has thanked and congratulated all the divisions of the party for successfully holding the peaceful demonstration. The party has also appreciated the respective district administration for extending co-operation and allowing the party to conduct peaceful protests in all the districts.

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