The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and
Christians from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to India due to alleged religious persecution in those countries.
The June 5 decision of the state cabinet "possibly reveals the ignorance of the State Cabinet... or even worse, the decision was taken out of compulsion to gratify the Central Government at the cost of the Naga people," Zeliang said in a letter to the chief minister.
Otherwise, Government of Nagaland will not interfere in national policies."
However, Zeliang said, Article 371(A) deals with matters such as religious or social practices of the Nagas, their customary law and procedure, and in no way connected to the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
With infiltration of immigrants taking place 'unabated', Article 371(A) of the Constitution is no protection, he said adding that the Cabinet either decided not to oppose the Bill intentionally or without understanding the its significance and possible ramifications.
"The Bill is a clear threat on the Nagas and their identity," the former chief minister said.
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