Post Mortem

The David of the North-east

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/19/2019 12:23:39 PM IST

 Conrad Kongkal Sangma, the young Chief Minister of Meghalaya as well as the president of National People’s Party (NPP) has undoubtedly emerged as the most promising leader of the North-east now. His tactful and efficient role in reining the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) has put the BJP in the back foot entirely. Despite having zero representation of NPP in the Parliament, due to his genius actions, the Goliath BJP did not dare to table the most controversial CAB on the last day of the winter session of the Rajya Sabha and thus the Bill has been put on the lapse. In a sense, it is a moral defeat to the BJP. In the process, Conrad was extremely successful in garnering the unprecedented and unanimous support through out the indigenous masses of the North-east. The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) and its allies along with some more regional forces also played a significant role in orchestrating the whole episode. Apparently, CAB has created an implicit platform for the indigenous people of the North-east to stand together for a cause with triumph. It is surely a very positive development.

However, the dark cloud of CAB is still looming over. The BJP national president Sri Amit Shah has declared openly in a youth convention on last 17thFebruary at Lakhimpur, Assam that CAB will be reintroduced in the parliament with the fullest strength once again soon. Even he affirmed that CAB will be enlisted in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election manifesto of BJP also in black and white. It infers that BJP does not heed to the people’s will at all even though they are in power in almost every nook and corner of the North-east. This is quite unfortunate.

Historically also, North-east is never taken seriously by any government at the centre. In order to counter that, we must generate strong regional political forces. NPP, even though a small entity in all Indian political arena as of now, is slowly acquiring strength through out the North-East. Despite Meghalaya, NPP has already got 7 MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh, 4 MLAs in Manipur and 2 MLAs in Nagaland and they all are critically allied with the ruling parties of NDA. We, the right-thinking people of the North-east, are wholeheartedly well coming to this crescendo for our better representation in the centre. At the same time, we sincerely look forward towards the NESO leadership also for their next strategic move.

Ranjan Das, Patkai campus, Chumukedima, Dimapur

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