Naga students call Citizenship Bill anti-minority and anti-indigenous people

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Tuesday expressed their anger and protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) that was passed in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, showing their solidarity to the other Northeast states.

“This CAB is anti-minority, this CAB is anti-indigenous people,” said NSF president Ninoto Awomi. He appealed the Union government to “respect the sentiments and aspirations of the minority Northeastern region and protect its citizens instead of sheltering illegal migrants”.

NSF president also appealed to all the citizens of the state to “come forward and support our fight against CAB which threatens the very existence of indigenous people”.

Speaking at the protest, which was attended mostly by students, Awomi said that during the December 3 meeting held with Union home minister Amit Shah, it was apprised that “Nagaland will be exempt from the purview of CAB” as it was already with Inner Line Permit (ILP) provisions.

“Although Nagaland state has ILP provision, with the given poor mechanism we have in place, Nagaland is not being able to control influx of illegal immigrants even today,” he added.

Civil societies and political parties have been resenting against the Bill despite the state being exempt from the purview of the CAB.

Source: East Mojo

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