Itanagar, February 8, 2019
The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has threatened to create unrest in the Northeast (NE) region if the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed at the Rajya Sabha.
This came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the three Northeastern states of Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh on February 9th, 2019.
Reiterating their strong opposition to the Citizenship Bill, the students’ body through a press communiqué has stated that “the indigenous peoples of the Northeast will not accept this draconian bill,”
Stating the passage of the Bill at the Lok Sabha as “political injustice” despite the widespread agitation and opposition in the NE region, the NESO claimed that “the government of India has no regard for the indigenous people of the Northeast” and that their intention is to reduce the indigenous people into a minority in their own land.
The NESO, an umbrella indigenous community students of the NE region, since November 2018 has been holding agitations not just across the region but also in the capital city of the country opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
On February 1st, 2019, the NESO delegation reached New Delhi to call upon the leaders of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to discuss over the contentious Citizenship Bill. Accordingly, the delegation met top political leaders of the country and sought their support so that the Bill is not passed at the Rajya Sabha.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.