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Nagaland Govt. urges Centre to re-examine Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

DIMAPUR | Jan 7, 2019:

The Nagaland cabinet on Monday has requested the Centre to re-examine and review the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 to ensure that it is in consonance with the provisions of the Constitution of India and the existing practices of the Nagas.

The decision of the state cabinet came at the backdrop of the widespread protests in Northeast against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the bill today.

While the entire Northeast is on the boil over the controversial issue, the Nagaland Government is unclear on its stance whether to support or oppose the bill but urged the Centre to review the same in accordance with the existing practices of the Nagas.

Only Meghalaya and Mizoram government have expressed their disapproval of the bill.

Meanwhile, in Assam, the issue has spiraled out of control when Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) broke its ties with ruling BJP over the issue. Several groups have observed ‘black day’ today to protest against the Centre’s move to approve the bill.

ILP and Naga Political Talk in Nagaland

The Nagaland cabinet also discussed at length the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the rights of the Nagas as provided in Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India.

The Cabinet resolved that a meeting of all political parties in the State be convened to examine the issue in its entirety.

The Cabinet also resolved to propose adoption of a Resolution reaffirming all provisions of Article 371 (A) and to strengthen the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873 in the next Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

On the political issue, the Cabinet decided that the Joint Legislators’ Forum comprising of all 60 Members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly be urged to collectively call upon the Government of India to expedite the peace process for a final settlement that is honourable, inclusive and acceptable to the Nagas. 

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