Nagaland can reject Citizenship Bill, says BJP ally

first_imgThe Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a coalition partner of the BJP in Nagaland, said the State had the constitutional provision to reject the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Nagaland, along with other northeastern States, has witnessed several protests following the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha. The NDPP-BJP government, headed by Neiphiu Rio, has been under pressure from tribal groups to oppose the Bill.Article 371 (A)Referring to Article 371(A) of the Constitution, the NDPP in a statement on Thursday said, “The said article begins with the words “notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, no Act of Parliament in respect of…”, which itself means that despite what is in the Constitution, no Act of Parliament shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides.”Nagaland is also protected by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873, whereby an Inner Line Permit is issued to outsiders for safeguarding the citizenship, rights and privileges of the Nagas, the statement said.Despite such safeguards, the NDPP said the Centre should exempt Nagaland from the purview of Citizenship Bill when it is moved for approval in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition Naga People’s Front condemned the NDPP “clarification”.last_img read more