|NSF calls for Republic Day boycott|
DIMAPUR, Jan 24 - The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has called for a boycott of the forthcoming Republic Day to express its resentment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu and general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong, in a press release, directed its federating units, educational institutions and students not to participate in any government functions or events related to the Republic Day celebrations.
The Federation also demanded that the Nagaland Government should come out clear on whether it is for or against the Bill without further confusing the public with press statements and counter-statements.
The release said the NSF, as a constituent unit of the North East Students’ Organisation, “vigorously” appealed to the Centre against the Bill. The Federation also said though it expressed its resentment in various ways and forums, the Centre passed the Bill in the Lok Sabha.
JD(U) to vote against Citizenship Bill: The JD(U) has decided to direct its MPs to vote against the Citizenship Bill if it comes up for voting in the Rajya Sabha. This was decided at a meeting of the national office-bearers of the party chaired by national president Nitish Kumar on January 20, North East Executive Council chairman of the party NSN Lotha said in a release on Wednesday.
The meeting also decided that a team of high-power delegation of the party, comprising vice president Prashant Kishor, secretary general KC Tyagi and general secretary in-charge of North East Afaque Ahmed Khan will visit Guwahati on January 28 and interact with all the stakeholders to take stock of the situation arising out of the Bill.
The party further reaffirmed its commitment to stand against any communal forces that threaten to destroy the secular fabric of the country and leave no stone unturned to safeguard the Constitution.
Plea to State, Centre: The Ex-Parliamentarians’ Association of Nagaland (Ex-PAN) at a meeting in Kohima on Wednesday resolved to urge the Nagaland Government to review its present stance on the Bill and reject it outright like the other North Eastern States which are opposing it. It also appealed to the Centre to withdraw the Bill in the greater interest of its citizens.
Association president T Khongo and general secretary Medokul Sophie, in a release, said every sensible Naga was aware of the ramifications of the Bill if it became a law.
“The Bill will have an adverse impact on Nagaland,” the association said.