NPF clears air on MP’s stand against CAB

GUWAHATI: Naga People’s Front (NPF), has confirmed that the party’s lone Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, K.G. Kenye would oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016, which is likely to be tabled in the House in the current session.

“There is absolutely no uncertainty in this regard. Our MP will definitely vote against the Bill whenever it is tabled in Rajya Sabha,” NPF spokesperson, Achumbemo Kikon told The Shillong Times on Tuesday.

There was some uncertainty over the presence of Kenye in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday even as the Bill was not tabled in the wake of uproar in the House which had to be adjourned, reportedly till 11am on Wednesday, which was originally the last day of the Budget session.

However, unconfirmed reports say that the House session might be extended by at least two more days with some Bills yet to be tabled.

The NPF spokesperson had earlier told this correspondent said that Kenye would oppose the Bill outright if it was tabled in Rajya Sabha.

“As the oldest regional party in the state, it is our bounden duty not to talk only on the Naga political issue but also to think about interests of the indigenous people of the Northeast when we perceive any threat.” Kikon had said.

The ruling BJP, which is intent on passing the contentious legislation in Parliament has 73 MPs in Rajya Sabha. Opposition Congress, which is against CAB, has 50 MPs in the House.

According to a section of local media here, till Tuesday noon, 120 MPs were certain to vote against CAB if it was tabled in Rajya Sabha while 110 MPs were in support of the Bill even as uncertainty loomed over decisions of nine BJD (Biju Janata Dal) members and four Bahujan Samaj Party members.

 
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