Students gathered in huge numbers to show resentment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at a protest held outside Kohima Raj Bhavan recently.

Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), in a written representation to the chief minister, appealed for the adoption of a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) during the fifth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) which is scheduled from February 7-15.

The apex student body expressed its “total disapproval and rejection” of CAA. “The law which came into force on 10th January 2020 after it was passed in both the Houses of Parliament and its subsequent assent by the Hon’ble President of India on 12th December 2018 is set to open the floodgate for illegal immigrants to infiltrate into our land, thereby, altering the demographic and linguistic uniqueness of the North East region in general and Nagaland in particular,” the representation said.

Signed by NSF president, Ninoto Awomi, and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon, the letter reiterated, saying: CAA is anti-secular, anti-minority, anti-indigenous and is violative of the basic ethos of the constitution”. “Posterity shall hold those proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that the CAA will bring about into our Naga Society.

It said that the Federation “shall continue to fight against the unconstitutional CAA in whichever way, humanely possible, until the desired result is achieved in the larger interest of the general public”.

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Saying that it is “not in agreement with the state government’s assertion that the controversial CAA will not impact the state of Nagaland whatsoever as areas that falls under the Inner Line Permit notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 will be outside the Act’s purview”.

It added: “This argument holds no water as the prevailing reality at ground zero clearly proves the contrary. The mechanism in applying ILP has failed miserably in our State which is known to you. The present Nagaland State is a living example of how illegal immigrants can infiltrate and dominate upon the local people despite the ILP regime being in operation ever since the inception of the State. More so, the nationwide exercise of NRC and NPR and their requirements for proper implementation of the discriminatory CAA in the country reeks of agenda that is not in the interest of the citizens of this country but only to further the political interest of some chosen few”.

It appealed the CM to place the issue of CAA on the floor of the House for thorough deliberation along with all the elected members and thereafter adopt a firm resolution denouncing the law which threatens to annihilate the unique culture, traditions, customs and practices, language of the Naga people.

It further expressed hope that elected members will protect and uphold the voices and aspirations of the Naga students and youths and in the interest of those who will inherit the future. Copy of the representation was marked to the Leader of Opposition, Speaker, and the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

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