DIMAPUR, Feb 12 - The NPF Legislature Party led by TR Zeliang today called the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill a “devilish Bill doctored by the BJP against the existence of the indigenous people of the North East India”.
In a release, the NPF said the Bill has been designed in such a way that the indigenous people of North East India will be completely swamped and annihilated by the foreigners.
“Under the circumstance, as torch bearers of regional politics, the NPF stands up to the occasion for the survival of our race,” the party said.
It added that the “oscillating stand” of the People’s Democratic Alliance Government in Nagaland, led by Neiphiu Rio, would be held responsible if the Bill became operational “against survival of our own indigenous people”.
The NPF expressed the apprehension that the “meek and cowardly acts” of the present dispensation in handling such a vital issue would be disastrous for posterity.
The Opposition party also backed the organisers of the Statewide bandh on Monday. The bandh was called under the aegis of Nagaland GBs Federation and the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants against the Citizenship Bill.
It said the spontaneous response of the public to the bandh call demonstrated the voice of the people against the Bill. Stating that this agitation may only be the beginning, the NPF Legislature Party said, “We should together continue to fight for our right to exist as indigenous people.”
Asserting that it is steadfast in its commitment to stand against the impending Act, the party appealed to all citizens of the State to stand up against the contentious Bill.
“We have no political design or agenda in this issue, but we take it as an issue for the very survival of our existence, transcending all political spectrum. We are not interested to score any political mileage in this aspect, but for the simple reason of survival of our indigenous existence,” the party stated.