Kohima, Feb 25 : On the third day of the third session of Thirteenth Legislative Assembly here today, both the Treasury and Opposition Members made thorough discussions on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 and the House passed resolutions amid the boycott of the Opposition Members of Naga Peoples Front.
The resolution adopted in the Assembly “Whereas the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 (CAB) is being pursued by the Central Government for enactment, despite opposition and rejection by Governments, political parties, tribal organizations, civil societies and others in the North East India including the State of Nagaland, who are deeply concerned with the protection and preservation of indigenous tribes from being demographically overwhelmed by conferment of citizenship on illegal immigrants as envisaged by the said Bill.
The resolution passed today as, (i) to sternly oppose and out rightly reject the CAB, which shall not be implemented in Nagaland as- it will impact the unique history and status of the Nagas under the Constitution of India. (ii) To express Solidarity with the States and communities of the North East India in their struggle against the implementation of the CAB since it has the potential of changing the demographic profile which will be against the interest of indigenous tribes in the NE States and can divest them of their constitutionally guaranteed political, cultural and economic rights. (iii) To re-affirm the Constitutional guarantee given by Article 371A which is the part and parcel of the historic 16 Point Agreement that led to formation of Nagaland State
and protects, defends and safeguards the customary way of life of Nagas, our right to land and its resources etc., without interference by Parliamentary enactments like the CAB, though it is yet to become a law. (iv) to reiterate the Constitutional position as aforesaid that, except the indigenous population in Nagaland, nobody is entitled to own land and resources in our State, that has been guaranteed not only by Article 371A (l)(a) of the Constitution of India but also by the Inner Line Permit Notification issued under the Bengal and Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873, which was included and reiterated as Point No. 16 of the 16 Point Agreement; and (v) to authorize the Speaker to communicate the aforesaid Resolutions to the Union Parliament.
Earlier, the Leader of Opposition T. R. Zeliang, who clearly gave his opinion on Citizenship Amendment Bill, stated that, Article 371(A) is liable to be interpreted according to the advantage of the Union Government and that we cannot be complacent and totally depend on it to safeguard our indigenous status even in the case of Citizenship Amendment Bill.
He said that, it is illogical and groundless on the part of the present Government to mix up the two constitutional provisions namely Article 371(A) and BEFR, 1873 with the citizenship Amendment Bill.
At the end of the discussion on the CAB, the opposition members staged a walkout in protest against the refusal of the Treasury bench to amend the Government’s Resolution by deleting clause no 3 and 4 of the said Resolution. In the absence of the opposition members, Deputy Speaker Zhaleo Rio adopted the resolution by voice vote. (UNI)