Nagaland MPs Tokheho Yepthomi and K.G. Kenye
File photo of Tokheho Yepthomi (left) and K.G. Kenye.

The Nagaland Congress slammed the two MPs from Nagaland belonging to the NDPP (Lok Sabha) and Opposition NPF (Rajya Sabha) for voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) said the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and Naga People’s Front (NPF) parliamentarians misrepresented the Nagas in many forms.

NPCC president K. Therie said thought Rajya Sabha MP K.G. Kenye participated in the recent protest against the CAB outside the Parliament, his vote in favour of the bill actually showed that he was not actually protesting against the spirit of the bill.

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Therie said the MP was not aware that the bill was in violation of rights provided in the Constitution under Article 13 and 14.

The PCC president said the Congress had opposed the bill in both the Houses of the Parliament as it is against the spirit of the Constitution.

Therie said the MPs – Tokheho Yepthomi and K.G. Kenye – as Christians should not have voted in favour of the bill that discriminated the Muslims in India and around the world.

He said the two MPs – K.G. Keny and voted in favour of the bill without any hesitation, saying their action was against true Christian spirit as Christians do not profess to discriminate any community.

The CAB, 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com