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Shutdown in Nagaland over Citizenship Bill

IANS  |  Kohima 

Normal life came to standstill in on Monday as a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, evoked total response.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed and vehicular traffic in all 11 districts was suspended.

The busy roads in state capital Kohima and the commercial town of wore a deserted look despite the government's appeal to reconsider the shutdown.

"There is no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state. The shutdown has brought life to a standstill," a said.

The coordination committee of tribal hohos (associations), organisations, various committees and mass-based organisations under the aegis of the Gaon Burhas Federation (NGBF) said that the strike has been called to protest the planned passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The opposition Naga People's Front has backed the shutdown.

said the will propose the adoption of a resolution to oppose the Bill in the forthcoming Budget session scheduled to be held on February 21, as decided during the January 31 consultative meeting held in

The Nagaland cabinet has rejected the Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

has said that the state government, which represents the will and desire of the people, remains opposed to the Bill that seeks to remove hurdles for eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, and in getting Indian citizenship.

He also promised that his government would leave no stone unturned to constantly protect the rights and privileges of the people.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 12:04 IST
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