Kohima: The Nagaland state assembly on Monday adopted a five-point resolution that outrightly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 despite a walkout by opposition MLAs.
The resolution stated that the Bill cannot be implemented in Nagaland as the proposed legislation will impact the “unique history and status of the Nagas under the Constitution of India”.
It was moved by chief minister Neiphiu Rio on February 23.
The resolution also expressed solidarity with the states and communities of the Northeast in opposing the bill, as it has the potential of “changing the demographic profile, which will be against the interest of indigenous tribes and can divest them of their constitutionally guaranteed political, cultural and economic rights”.
The resolution also re-affirmed the “Constitutional guarantee given by Article 371A which is the part and parcel of the historic 16 Point Agreement that led to formation of Nagaland State and protects, defends and safeguards the customary way of life of Nagas, our right to land and its resources etc., without interference by Parliamentary enactments like the CAB, though it is yet to become a law”.
The opposition MLAs, however, walked out of the assembly, saying they would not support the resolution in its present form.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed in Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India.