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Citizenship Amendment Act; has political parties in Nagaland lost the connection with the people?

(During an Anti-CAB protest at India Gate)

Our Bureau,

Kohima, December 30 (NE): The most controversial then Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) with the Presidential nod, now the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) – by voting in favor for CAB, has the political parties lost its connection with the people? Or can it be termed as a suicide? Here is an analysis from NagalandExpress reporters.

Much needed to say that the most discussed topic on various social media platforms in Nagaland for the past few weeks is the CAB/CAA. While many from Nagaland changed their profile pictures in support for ‘No to CAB’, others had joined by sharing their opinions and suggestions and various reports of hard actions taken by the government authorities against the protesters. People of Nagaland are very clear with their opinion, and the writing is on the wall.

According to a voice opinion collected by NagalandExpress in Dimapur, Peren and Kohima district, with a size of 100 people’s opinion from each district, the picture is very clear in Nagaland, with 95% of the people strongly voicing against the CAB/CAA, many even felt letdown by their elected leaders by voting in favor for CAB/CAA.

“There is no going back on Citizenship Act, the government is firm like a rock on its implementation,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at India Economic Conclave on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, making the BJP stand clear amidst raging protests across India against CAA.

Indian National Congress (INC) has been making its stand very clear from the beginning by voting against the CAA/CAB in the Parliament. Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) is not leaving any stone untouched in Nagaland. NPCC, organised a peaceful public rally at Dimapur on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The NPCC chief vowed that the party will not allow CAA and NRC to be implemented in Nagaland.

Lots of actions have been unfolding from the NPF camp lately. The NPF РDisciplinary Action Committee (DAC) issued a show cause notice to its Nagaland MP, K. G. Kenye (along with Manipur MP) voting in favor for CAA in parliament. A day after show cause notice, KG Kenye tendered his resignation from the party’s General Secretary post on Friday, December 20, 2019. A week after voting in favor for CAA, it could be called a wake-up call to the ground reality or writing on the wall, though the NPF says its stand has always been against the CAB/CAA. May be on the whole process the party lost the opportunity to stand with the people.

On the other hand, National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland Tokheho Yepthomi said that it was a decision taken after directives from party President and leaders and also after the assurance given by Amit Shah to exempt Nagaland from CAB that he supported CAB in parliament. Since NDPP-BJP coalition government in Nagaland, it is important for both the parties to be on same page for a smooth and stable government in the state.

Future of the Nagaland Political Party who voted in favour for CAA?

Nagaland has seen many sensitive issues like this earlier, though the political leaders might be hoping this issue will go away just like any others and during election, this will not be a factor in which people will be casting their vote for or against. Only time will have the answer for this question.

(Note: Voice opinion has been collected from 3 districts of Nagaland, between December 14 to 24, 2019. Question asked was ‘Do you support CAB/CAA?’)