A public march has been called by Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigration (JCPI) against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 on February 8.
The march is set to take place on February 8 at 11 am from MLA Junction to Raj Bhavan in Kohima.
The JCPI in a statement said that a memorandum will be submitted to the President after the mass rally, urging him to halt the controversial bill from being passed in the Upper House of the Parliament during the ongoing session and “not to give his assent in case an ordinance is passed by the Cabinet bypassing the Rajya Sabha”, as quoted by Eastern Mirror Nagaland.
The Committee has asked various tribes in Dimapur to send 10 or 15 representatives each for the public march.
After the Lower House of the Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the central government has continuously been under the scanner by the allies in the northeastern states and the opposition alike. Earlier the state of Tripura saw a massive rally taking place under “We oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill”.
Former Congress minister Bibhu Kumari Devi had challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh for a debate on the Bill. While addressing the rally, she had said, “Tripura was a reserved Territory for the Indigenous people then how come the Central government has decided to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. I challenge the Prime Minister or the Home Minister to have a debate with me on this issue”, as quoted by a regional news portal.