NSF wants resolution in NLA against CAA

DIMAPUR, FEB 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/4/2020 12:24:48 PM IST

Reiterating its opposition to Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has urged chief minister Neiphiu Rio to bring a resolution opposing the Act during the forthcoming Assembly session. 

In a memorandum addressed to the chief minister, NSF said it disapproved and rejected CAA and warned that the Act would open the floodgate for illegal immigrants to infiltrate “our land”, thereby, altering the demographic and linguistic uniqueness of Northeast  and Nagaland in particular. 

Reiterating its long-held view that CAA was anti-secular, anti-minority, anti-indigenous and violative of the basic ethos of the Constitution, NSF cautioned that posterity would hold proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that it would bring to the Naga society. NSF also declared that it will continue to fight against the “unconstitutional” Act along with its partner organisations in whatever way possible until the “desired result” was achieved in the larger interest of general public.

NSF further stated that it disagreed with the state government’s assertion that CAA would not impact Nagaland as the state came under Inner Line Permit, which would keep it outside the purview of CAA. NSF said this argument held no water as the prevailing reality on ground zero, clearly proved to the contrary especially since the ILP had miserably failed in the State. 

It said the state was a living example of how illegal immigrants could infiltrate and dominate the local people despite the ILP being in operation ever since its inception. 

As the fifth session of 13th NLA is scheduled to commence from February 7, NSF urged Rio to place the issue of CAA on the floor of the House for thorough deliberation with all the elected members and thereafter adopt a firm resolution denouncing the law which threatened to annihilate the unique culture, traditions, customs and practices and languages of Naga people. 

NSF said since it represented the voices and aspirations of Naga students and youth, it expressed the hope that the legislators would do whatever necessary to protect and uphold the interest of those who would inherit the future, adding adoption of the resolution would go a long way in reaffirming this conviction. The memorandum was signed by NSF president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R Kikon.

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