Riding roughshod

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/30/2019 12:42:03 PM IST

 There is no evidence needed to gauge the strong and severe anti-Citizenship(Amendment)Bill (CAB) 2016 blowing across the north east, than the joint resolution adopted at the consultative meeting of all regional parties including BJP’s national alliance partner the JDU at Guwahati on January 29. Former allies - the Naga People’s Front(NPF) , Asom gana Parishad(AGP) joined BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance(NEDA) constituents- National People’s Party(NPP), Mizo National Front(MNF), Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura(IPFT), UDP(United Democratic Party(UDP), People’s Democratic Front(PDF), Hill State People’s Democratic Party(HSPDP), Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement(KHNAM) and Nationalist Democratic People’s Party(NDPP) to express outright opposition to the CAB. Other regional parties which did not participate in the January 29 meeting included- ally of BJP in Assam, Bodoland People’s Front(BPF), Sikkim Democratic front(SDF), Manipur Democratic People’s Front(MDPF), Ganashakti Party(GP) and Manipur People’s Party(MPP). However, in all states including BJP-ruled Assam, Manipur, Tripura etc the common people vehemently oppose the CAB. It may be pointed out that of seven states in the region, BJP heads coalition governments in Assam and Manipur while it runs a single-party government in Tripura. In Meghalaya BJP with one MLA, is a minor partner of the NPP-led coalition. The Meghalaya assembly had passed a resolution rejecting the CAB. In Manipur, where the BJP-heads a coalition of several parties, the state assembly had also adopted a resolution rejecting the CAB. In Mizoram the ruling MNF is an ally of BJP but has steered clear of the latter in the recent assembly elections. Again on CAB, the MNF has made no bones about its still opposition against the Bill. In BJP-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and BJP-led coalition in Assam, the state governments had welcomed the CAB. However, the people and youths of these states are vehemently opposed to the CAB. In Nagaland, the PDA coalition of NDPP, BJP, JDU and NPP, has been ambiguous about its stand. The PDA had chosen to ignore pleas to respond by taking the alibi that since Nagaland is protected under Article 371(A) and BEFR Act 1873(Inner Line Permit), there was no need to pass any resolution. However, against the backdrop of public ire and bandhs held in Nagaland(NESO in January 8) and NSF boycott (January 26), the PDA cabinet modified its stand by resolving to oppose the bill and to appeal to the Centre to reconsider its passage. There are some parties which have even asked the PDA to have its Lok Sabha MP retract his vote in support of the CAB on the floor of the house. If the alliance means what it says. The CAB has placed the BJP against the people of the region and this can be a major factor in the 2019 parliamentary election. The people have spoken repeatedly against imposition of the controversial CAB but the BJP does not seem to be unduly worried about the adverse impact of the CAB on its political fortunes. This may perhaps be due to an inner confidence that it(BJP) has an ace up its sleeves though what this “ace” is, remains unknown. States like Meghalaya and Assam, which proportionately have sizeable number of illegal Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants of all states, are likely to be most affected if the CAB is passed in the Rajya Sabha and becomes a law and it will spill over into other states.

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