DIMAPUR, Feb 4 - The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today termed as a “major breakthrough” the North East Region’s Political Parties’ Convention on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was held in Guwahati on January 28 in drawing attention of the Centre towards the resentment of the people against the Bill.
As a follow-up of the meeting, major political parties of the region apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other central leaders in New Delhi on Sunday about the dissent and furore the Bill has caused in the region after it was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, the NPF said in a press release issued today.
A nine-member delegation, which met the central leaders, comprised members of various political parties of the region led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. NPF’s Manipur unit president Awangbo Newmai represented the NPF.
The NPF said the North East political parties’ meeting in Guwahati was convened following uproar of the indigenous people of the North East over the likely impact the Bill would have in the region if it becomes an Act. The NPF was represented by party legislators and workers led by NPF Legislature Party leader TR Zeliang.
Reiterating its stand and opposition to the Bill, the NPF condemned the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressing Party-led People’s Democratic Alliance government in Nagaland for allegedly being indecisive and confusing the Naga people “with its fickle and inconsistent decisions every other day” over the Bill.
The NPF said it would not be surprised if the Nagaland Cabinet decides not to oppose the Bill in the coming days as its decisions of late have been changing every alternate day.