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).