NPF lauds Mizoram, Meghalaya CMs on their CAB standIMPHAL | Oct 8
The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), has expressed its appreciation on the ‘stand’ of Conrad Sangma, chief minister of Meghalaya and Zoramthanga, chief minister of Mizoram for taking the ‘right stand’ against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
In a release the NPF said it also expressed its gratitude to the union home minister, Amit Shah who ‘understood’ the issue and had declared in Aizawl on Saturday that a special clause would be incorporated in the CAB in order to protect the interest of the northeast States particularly Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the NPF, the ‘people-centric outlook’ of Conrad Sangma, chief minister of Meghalaya and Zoramthanga, chief minister of Mizoram is very much unlike Neiphiu Rio’s myopic belief of taking shelter under Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).
“The naive belief of CM, Neiphiu Rio that Nagaland is protected under such provisions has been proved wrong today with the union home minister declaring that a special clause would be incorporated in the Bill to protect the NE States including Nagaland. Without such a special clause, no State is protected under any provisions from the Bill in its present form,” the statement added.
It continued the ‘ignorance’ of the Bill and its implication on the part of Neiphiu Rio coupled with his MP ‘abstaining’ from attending the parliament session when the said Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha is most unfortunate.
“If the Bill did not lapse in the Rajya Sabha, what would have been the position of Nagaland today? Will Neiphiu Rio and Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi be in a position to protect the Nagas from such a dangerous Act today”, it asked.
Further the release continued, in the cabinet meetings held on June 5, 2018 and January 7, 2019, Neiphiu Rio and his cabinet never opposed the Bill. “Later, on January 28, 2019, Rio and his Cabinet took a U-turn and decided to oppose the Bill which however was under the assumption that the State was protected under Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP),” it alleged.
The release also claimed that it was aware from the beginning that unless a notable clause is incorporated in the controversial Bill, no State in any part of NE India is protected under any provision including Article 371(A) and Inner Line Permit (ILP).
“It would have done a lot of good if this problem was identified prior to passing of the Bill by the 16th Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 wherein the matter could have been resolved amicably if the three States had taken the same stand,” the statement said, adding, however, it is better late than never and we welcome the positive announcement aimed towards safeguarding the rights and identity of the indigenous people in NE India.
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