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NPF to boycott consultative meeting called by Nagaland govt

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Opposition Naga Peoples Front (NPF) has decided to boycott the Nagaland government convened consultative meeting on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) scheduled for Thursday in Dimapur, a party leader said Thursday.
Addressing a press conference here Wednesday evening, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said the core committee of the party held a meeting at the residential office of their president Dr Shrhozelie Liezietsu to discuss on the state government convened consultative meeting on CAB.
He said the core committee decided to boycott Thursday's consultative meeting called by the state government and has resolved to seriously re-examine the coalition status of NPF with BJP in Manipur following the passage of the Citizenship Bill in Lok Sabha.
The NPF spokesperson also announced that its Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, K G Kenye will go oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill if laid in the Upper House of the Parliament

Kikon said the core committee was of the view that NDPP-led PDA government in Nagaland has "not opposed" the bill when it was tabled in the Lok Sabha on January 6 last and NDPP MP in Lok Sabha also "failed" to oppose the bill.
Kikon said that NPF observed that "the NDPP-led PDA government has no moral right whatsoever to convene a consultative meeting either with the political parties or civil societies on this particular issue."

The NPF spokesperson said that the PDA government had been "fooling" the Naga people by stating that Nagaland is protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India and the Inner Line Permit during the State cabinet meetings held on January 7 and 18.
"NPF as the oldest political party of the region dont need a certificate from NDPP or PDA government to support the interest of the Nagas and indigenous people of the North East," Kikon said.
The NPF stated that the intention of NDPP-led PDA government in convening the consultative meet is "nothing but an eye wash and to shift the blame to the political parties and civil societies.

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First Published: Jan 30 2019 | 8:50 PM IST

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