Kohima, December 13 (NE): The Naga student’s Federation (NSF) through a press release on Friday, December 13, 2019 strongly condemned the action of the Government of India (GOI) for passing the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament without taking into action the sentiments and plea of the indigenous inhabitants of the North Eastern States .
The Federation expresses great displeasure and condemned the 3 Naga Members of the Parliament i.e. Tokheho Yepthomi (Lok Sabha, Nagaland ), K. G. Kenye (Rajya Sabha, Nagaland) and Lorho S. Pfoze (Lok Sabha, Manipur) who spoke and voted in favour of the Bill when it was tabled in both the houses of the Parliament without considering the threat and the consequences which the Bill poses against the Indigenous inhabitants of the North Eastern states. The NSF hereby demands from the 3 MPs to publicly state the rationale behind the support for the Bill and also to explain to the general public as to why the Act will not affect the people they represent, the release added.
Reaffirming it’s stand on CAB, NSF added, the Federation has never and will never support CAB which is the latest weapon of the centre to divide the North Eastern people on concessional lines.
The NSF does not believe in classification of illegal immigrants on religious lines, as all illegal immigrants are criminals and must be treated accordingly. The act has torn the very secular nature of the Constitution, it added.
The NSF reiterates its earlier stand that the act is discriminatory, anti- Indigenous, anti- minority and that the entire North Eastern states should be left out from the purview of the Act. The Federation further assures the North Eastern people in general and the Nagas in particular that the Federation shall spare no effort and together with the North East Student’s Organisation (NESO), shall take up all necessary democratic and legal measures to ensure that the law does not take effect on even a small pocket in the entire North East region, stated in the press release.
The NSF, calls to observe a 6 hours total Bandh on December 14, 2019 from 6 am to 12 noon. Therefore, the NSF appeals to all the concerned citizens and stakeholders to extend their support and cooperation in this fight to protect the existence and identity of the indigenous people, stated in the release.