DIMAPUR, Oct 8 - The Naga People’s Front (NPF) appreciated the stand of Chief Ministers of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma and Mizoram Zoramthanga for taking the right stand against Citizenship Amendment Bill from day one.
“We are also grateful to Union Home Minister Amit Shah who understood the issue and had declared in Aizawl on Saturday that a special clause would be incorporated in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in order to protect the interest of Northeast states. particularly Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh,” the NPF press bureau said in a release.
The party said it was aware from the beginning that unless a notable clause is incorporated in the controversial Bill, no state in any part of Northeast India is protected under any provision including Article 371(A) and ILP.
It would have done a lot of good if this problem was identified prior to passing of the Bill by the 16th Lok Sabha on January 8 and added the matter could have been resolved amicably if the three states had taken the same stand.
The Opposition party in Nagaland said the people-centric outlook of Conrad Sangma and Zoramthanga is very much unlike Neiphiu Rio’s “myopic belief” of taking shelter under Article 371(A) and inner line permit (ILP).