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Rally against CAB and for solution

Rally against CAB and for solution
Rally participants outside the Raj Bhavan Kohima on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/8/2019 11:57:02 AM IST

Members of civil society groups and tribal organisations, students and elders hit the streets here on Friday to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), besides demanding resolution of the “Indo-Naga” political issue before the announcement of parliamentary elections. 

Led by Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), the rallyists marched from Old MLA Hostel junction point to Raj Bhavan after a brief function and submitted two memorandums (President of India on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and  Prime Minister of India on Solution to Indo-Naga Political issue) to the Secretary to Governor PB Acharya, since governor was out of station.

In the memorandum addressed to the President of India, the signatories explained how Citizenship Amendment Bill posed the threat to the Nagas and minorities for the first time in the history of India in its 72 years of existence as a sovereign nation.

They termed as unfortunate that the Union government was so determined to bring the amendment on the basis of religion, which was against the secular spirit of India’s constitution. 

Since Nagaland shared a porous border that stretched for more than 400 km with Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the memorandum said it was practically impossible to totally restrict intrusion of outsiders into Nagaland despite restrictive rules.

Pointing out that a law was basically enacted to protect, preserve and enhance the betterment of its citizens, the memorandum said the CAB 2016 on the contrary was subjectively aimed at giving rights and protection to foreigners in India at the cost of its indigenous citizens.

Highlighting the consequences and negative impact of CAB, the signatories urged President of India not to give his assent to the controversial Bill even when passed by both Houses of Parliament, besides withholding his assent even if the Union government tried to bring in an ordinance in this regard.

Also, in a separate representation submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the signatories conveyed Naga people’s hope that BJP leadership’s promise of “Election for Solution” would not be used as a tool to dupe the Naga public. 

The memorandum maintained that uncertainties loomed large in view of the last session of Parliament that would conclude in second week of February, and the Parliamentary election would be announced in a couple of weeks. It added that the hopes of Nagas would once again fade into darkness and there was apprehension that all these years of negotiations might once again become a damp squib.

It said that having negotiated for years, now there was no justifiable reason for the Centre to delay or fail to bring the peace talks to its logical conclusion.  

It further appealed to Modi not to fail the Nagas, but rather fulfil all that were promised so that the latter would not be forced to feel betrayed.

Stating that Nagas were now “ever ready” to welcome and receive the outcome of the solution, the memorandum said “the very moment is the best opportunity to strike the deal when the ground is ripe.”

Both the memorandums were signed by the representatives of civil society organisations, tribal bodies and various indigenous groups of Nagaland.

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