NESO declares to continue protest against Bill
IMPHAL, 8th Jan: Denouncing the Union government for ignoring general sentiment of the Northeast people and going ahead with passing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) declared that the students’ body and its federating units will continue to stage various forms of protests in future.
In a statement, NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa expressed that passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Lok Sabha showed that the Government of India has no regard for the Indigenous peoples of the North East.
The Union government’s move is a deliberate attempt to dilute the NE natives and reduce them to minorities in their own place of birth, the statement mentioned.
NESO also strongly condemned unwarranted firing on unarmed tribal protesters by Tripura police during the NE bandh and stated that the police crackdown exposed the fact that the indigenous communities of Tripura are not only marginalised but also oppressed and suppressed by the government of Tripura headed by non-indigenous Tripuris.
“NESO will not remain silent but it will keep on following up on this very vital issue and will take appropriate decisions. With the support of the people we will continue to fight for protecting our distinct identity and future generations,” the chairman declared.
Samuel Jyrwa also expressed its sincere thanks to the people of the North Eastern states for their kind co-operation in making the North East bandh, a total success and also to all the constituent organisations of NESO for effectively implementing the bandh on the ground. “Even though this bandh may have caused inconvenience, we have no other alternative but to resort to this form of agitation in order to showcase unity of the people of North East in highlighting our strong opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016,” he maintained.
Reiterating its strong condemnation against the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha, NESO warned of more agitation across the north-eastern states due to "another political injustice meted out by the Indian government on the indigenous people of the region".
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship Bill that seeks to remove hurdles in eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan from getting Indian citizenship despite opposition by political parties including the Congress and Trinamool Congress.
Warning of severe agitation across the north-eastern states, Jyrwa said the apex student's body of the indigenous student groups across the seven north-eastern states will soon meet and decide on the next future course of action.