Unsatisfied NPF harps on integration, Citizenship Bill issue

DIMAPUR, JUL 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:10:35 AM IST
A day after the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, came out with a statement to clear air over his comments on the issue of Naga integration, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Thursday appreciated the chief minister for admitting that the demand for integration of contiguous Naga inhabited areas was genuine.
NPF through its press bureau, however, questioned the reason for his purported “declaration” that integration was not possible anymore. Press bureau asked why the chief minister had to “demean himself so low as to succumb to external forces thereby compromising the future of the Nagas.”
Stating that chief minister embarrassed himself when he blamed the media for misquoting his June 12, 2018 statement in New Delhi, NPF said it was done so as an excuse to escape the glaring eyes of the public.
It said that Naga people expected the present PDA government to carry forward the long cherished dream and aspirations of the Naga people to live as one. However, NPF said chief minister’s “candid interview” with the media declaring that integration was no more possible shocked the Naga people.
NPF also said that Nagas have every right to question the chief minister under what circumstances or obligation the PDA government “bargained” with the Central Government the long cherish dream of the Naga people. 
Press bureau said that Rio claiming as the champion in advocating the integration issue vis-a-vis Naga political problem has become a mockery.
Further, NPF expressed dismay at the chief minister for avoiding clarification on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. 
It said Naga people want to know on what ground his government would not oppose the Bill that has caused uproar in the country.
NPF alleged that Rio and his cohorts were well aware that Nagaland has become the most vulnerable state when it comes to infiltration of the illegal immigrants. 
According to NPF, the Citizenship Amendment Bill was “simply a multiplication table” to increase more illegal immigrants into the state for more vote banks.
Further, on chief minister’s purported declaration during an interview that Article 371 (A) was good enough to protect and safeguard the interest of the Nagas, NPF asked the chief minister which Clause of Article 371 (A) could protect Nagas from the Citizenship Bill? 
Press bureau also asked how far Nagas have been protected under this Special Provision Article 371 A from illegal immigrants such as Dimapur and other adjoining areas in the last 55 years.
Reminding the PDA government that it was not raising the two issues “for the sake of publicity stunt as an opposition party,” NPF said it was raising the issues because the safety and security of the Nagas was at stake.
NPF warned that it would neither remain a mute spectator to injustice done to the Nagas nor would it allow the PDA leaders and chief minister to play with the future of the Naga people.

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