scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Friday, August 12, 2022

Citizenship Amendment Bill: North-East will be overrun by outsiders, say voices of region

While supporting the Bill, Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland’s NPF, K G Kenye said he was from “ground zero’’ and the region was most likely to be affected by the CAB. The NPF is a BJP ally in Nagaland.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
December 12, 2019 2:59:10 am
Ripun Bora

Most Rajya Sabha members from the North-East on Wednesday opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and said the legislation will result in the Northeastern states being overrun by outsiders and indigenous communities will be reduced to minorities. Even those who supported the Bill did so with caveats.

While supporting the Bill, Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland’s NPF, K G Kenye said he was from “ground zero’’ and the region was most likely to be affected by the CAB. The NPF is a BJP ally in Nagaland.

“The sentiment in the North-East is very different from the thinking about the Bill at the national level. We are not communal and this is not about a religious bias. Because of the Centre’s inaction over a period of 48 years, there are porous borders which have led to the infiltration of illegal immigrants…Our fears are real. This is creating an irreversible situation…illegal immigration is a threat to the integrity of the nation,’’ he said.

Pointing out that Assam and the rest of the North-east “are burning’’, Congress MP from Assam Ripun Bora said that on various occasions, the Indian government has failed to furnish details of the number of illegal immigrants in the country. “If you don’t even have this information, on what basis are you going to grant citizenship and to whom? What is your hidden agenda? When I asked the government how many immigrants arrived after the 1971 war, the government said that there is no authentic information on the issue.”

Subscriber Only Stories
Ravi Shankar Prasad: ‘(Nitish) is nothing on his own… He may be honest bu...Premium
Explained: Baloch separatism and the coercive accession of the Khanate of...Premium
Explained: What is the significance of India’s talks with NATO?Premium
The toxic Fathers of St. Xavier’s, KolkataPremium

“There are people who have lived in Assam and in India for decades. They have voted in elections, they hold jobs, they participate in festivals. They are Indians. Now you are forcing these very same people to say that they are not Indians,” added Bora.

Congress MP from Mizoram Ronald Sapa Tlau said Buddhist Chakmas from Bangladesh did not first arrive in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh as refugees due to religious persecution but were displaced due to the construction of a dam in Bangladesh. “These Chakmas are half of the total population of Mizos now.”

Congress MP from Meghalaya Wansuk Syiem said that while most areas in her state had been exempted from CAB, Shillong had not been. “Shillong will become a ghetto and a slum,” she said.

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 12-12-2019 at 02:59:10 am
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.

Featured Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement