DIMAPUR, Dec 4 - Leader of Opposition in the Nagaland Assembly TR Zeliang has appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to exempt Nagaland from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Zeliang made the appeal at the meeting called by Shah to discuss the Bill in New Delhi on Tuesday. The former Nagaland Chief Minister called for his State’s exemption in line with Shah’s declaration in Aizawl on October 5, that a special clause would be incorporated into the Bill to protect the interests of the North Eastern States including Nagaland, a release stated today.
Zeliang expressed the hope that such an arrangement would be made after the meeting. He said that he strongly felt that despite the existence of provisions like the inner line permit (ILP) system in the State, the Naga people are not protected unless a particular word like “exemption” or “exempted” is incorporated as a special clause in the final draft of the contentious Bill before its passage in Parliament.
Zeliang said that many undocumented illegal immigrants have been living in the North Eastern States, including Nagaland, without proper documents. He said that these undocumented illegal immigrants who have entered the North Eastern States like Nagaland on or before December 31, 2014 and have been living without being noticed by the State, will become Indian citizens if the citizenship Bill is implemented.