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Eastern Naga students call to end blame game on Citizenship Amendment Act

By EMN Updated: Feb 21, 2020 11:48 pm

Dimapur, Feb. 22 (EMN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has urged the government of Nagaland to convene a consultative meeting at the earliest to find a solution with regard to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the interest of Nagas and “end the blame game”.

The federation stated in its press release issued on Friday that it was to clear the confusion among the Nagas concerning the Citizenship Amendment Act.

‘It is pertinent to note that the ENSF, state government, all state political parties and stakeholders had attended the meeting called by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah at New Delhi on 3rd December 2019. Vis-à-vis Citizenship Amendment Act issue. The delegation from the state had unanimously opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act and that no parties had inked in support of the same,’ the statement read.

“However, on the assurance of the Union Home Minister that the state would be exempted from the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Act by virtue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) notified under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) Act, 1873 and the meeting being conducted for a very brief time, the delegation had not much chance to deliberate on the same,” it added.

While stating that the federation has always remained “steadfast in protecting and safeguarding the interest of its people”, it has urged the state government to clear the airs surrounding the Citizenship Amendment Act once and for all by calling for a consultative meeting.

By EMN Updated: Feb 21, 2020 11:48:29 pm