NSF to impose 11-hr bandh on Jan 8

DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/6/2019 11:13:12 AM IST

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), as a constituent of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), has extended support to the umbrella students’ platform-sponsored bandh on January 8.

In a statement issued by its president Kesosul Christopher Ltu and general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong, Naga Students’ Federation announced that it would impose the bandh within its jurisdiction from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day to show its deepest resentment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament. 
It has asked all its federating units and subordinate bodies to enforce the bandh in their respective jurisdiction, while appealing to all civil society groups, business community and the general public to extend cooperate to the strike.    
Medical emergency, administration officials, police, paramilitary personnel and media personnel and students have, however, been exempted from the purview of the bandh, along with pre-scheduled programmes like wedding, conventions and conferences.
While strongly condemning the announcement made by the Prime Minister to table the controversial Bill and push for its passage, NSF warned Government of India against gambling with the future of the indigenous people of the North East. 
The federation claimed that as a constituent unit of NESO it had consistently appraised GoI about the detrimental effects if the Bill was adopted by the Parliament. 
It pointed out that unabated influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh had posed a serious challenge to the indigenous people of the Northeast. 
NSF and NESO representatives had also met JPC on several occasions to express resentment against the Bill, besides pointing out the detrimental effects on the indigenous people of the Northeast, if the Bill was passed.
CSU backs bandh: Heeding to the call of Naga Students’ Federation, Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) has extended support to North East Students’ Organisation-sponsored bandh on January 8 within its jurisdiction against the NDA government’s move to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament. 
CSU appealed to the district administration, law enforcing agencies, business establishments and all school and colleges to remain closed that day as the Bill posed a threat to rights of indigenous people,
Chakhesang Students’ Union president Lavoto Chizo also sought the cooperation and support from student leaders, right-thinking citizens and general public, while asking the student body’s affiliated units and subordinate bodies to remain vigilant and active during the bandh.
Weddings and medical emergency have been exempted from the purview of the bandh, he added.


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