Nagaland Congress chief Therie rejects Citizenship Bill

Nagaland Congress chief Therie rejects Citizenship Bill

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Kohima, Jan 10: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is not acceptable to Nagaland as the objective of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to largely defies the interests of Tribal and indigenous inhabitants particularly in the Northeast.

In a release issued by the NPCC President K Therie today said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will compromised despite previous safeguards and in the context of Nagaland, Congress stands by the 1963 electoral Roll as the basis of settlement in Nagaland.

He said the BJP’s intent to grant illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan citizenship on religious grounds is encouraging further infiltration in the Northeast, which is already grappling with a wide range of issues stemming from illegal immigrants including changes in demography and dilution of inherent social, cultural and linguistic properties to the extent of reduction of the indigenous people to a minority status.

“We have conveyed our stand that we do not approve of the Bill at any cost, when it was introduced last year,” he said.

Therie said that the state Cabinet’s resolution to merely urge the centre to reexamine and review the Bill without spelling out any proposal may not yield results for it is clear that such urging is an attempt to walk the tightrope not knowing which side to jump.

In the meantime, Chief Minister should not mislead the people by confusing with the provisions of Art 371(A) and Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873.

The NPCC chief said, “Nagaland is already overcrowded with infiltrators. The Youth have no jobs and youth exodus has become a major concern for Congress. Our boys and girls don’t see any future in Nagaland. They have lost hope. They do not even want to return to Nagaland as merit no longer has a place. It is nepotism, bias and backdoor appointments that rule. I demand BJP Nagaland Party to resign on grounds of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and failure to resolve the Naga political issue,” the release said. (UNI)