NPF to boycott consultative meet

Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/30/2019 12:09:26 PM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) Wednesday announced its decision to boycott the proposed consultative meeting on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 convened by NDPP-led PDA government to be held at Chumukedima Dimapur on January 31, 2019.

Disclosing this during press conference held at NPF central office here today, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said boycott resolutions was taken during the NPF core committee meeting held at the residential office of the NPF president. 

As per the resolution, the NDPP-led PDA government did not oppose the bill when it was tabled in the Lok Sabha on January 6, 2019, which it stated was “a clear indication” that they endorsed the Bill in totality. 

NPF stated that NDPP-led PDA government had no moral right whatsoever to convene consultative meeting either with the political parties or civil societies on the issue. It said the intention of the NDPP-led PDA government in convening the consultative meet was nothing but an eye wash and to shift the blame to the political parties and civil societies. 

The core committee also resolved to seriously re-examine the coalition status (with BJP) in Manipur. 

The core committee meeting resolution was signed by secretary general and convenor KG Kenye, working president and co-convenor Apong Pongener, members-- working president Huskha Yepthomi, general secretary S Akang, all vice presidents as member-- Pusazo Luruo, Blaise Lheiling, Kruzakie Kelio, Tsumongo Ovung, Lepshi Ao and S. Shingnyu- and spokesperson and member secretary Achumbemo Kikon

Meanwhile, NPF spokesperson clarified that the meeting held in Guwahati on January 29 was organized by likeminded Northeast region political parties convention of which NPF also part of and not by BJP-led North east democratic alliance. 

Asserting that NPF was all out against the CAB, Kikon refuted the PDA government statement that Nagaland was protected under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873. The spokesperson attacked the NDPP-led PDA government, saying they were confusing and misleading the people. 

Kikon pointed out that ILP alone cannot protect the indigenous rights of the state.

He reiterated the stand of the party that Raja Sabha MP would oppose tooth and nail in the event the controversial bill was tabled in Raja Sabha. 


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