The North East Students Organisation (NESO) in an emergency meeting held on Friday resolved to call a total shutdown in the entire Northeast on December 10 in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The shutdown will remain effective from 5 am to 4 pm, according to sources.
The total shutdown was announced by NESO advisor Samujjal Bhatachariya after a meeting of NESO members held in Guwahati, a release stated.
Samujjal said that people of Northeast will not accept the CAB at any cost and will continue to oppose it, it said. He also said that Centre never feels that there is a part of the country beyond Kolkata, it added.
Nagaland has been exempted from the shutdown because of Hornbill Festival, it said. But Naga Students Federation will organise a sit-in protest in front of Raj Bhawan, it said, adding NESO will soon submit a memorandum to the prime minister.
“By introducing the CAB which is a pro Bangladeshi bill, it is clear that centre never treats Northeastern region as a part of the country. In India, citizenship cannot be imposed on the basis or religion, the bill is communal and unconstitutional. As such people of Northeastern region are opposing it,” it stated.
Passing the bill will be an injustice which the region will never tolerate, it further said adding the Centre has witnessed the united voice of the Northeastern region against CAB earlier when they try to impose the bill.
By excluding Inner Line Permit System governed areas and Six Schedule areas from the bill, the Centre is trying to further divide the people of the region, it alleged. If CAB is bad for the ILP governed areas and sixth schedule areas, how will it be good for other areas for other Northeastern states which do not have ILP and six Schedule, it questioned.
The release further mentioned that the Northeastern states may be politically and geographically divided but people are one and united. Samujjai warned not to apply any divisive policy and not to play politics on the people of Northeastern region in the name of illegal Bangladesh and for vote banks, it added.
Inner Line Permit System and Sixth schedule for Northeastern states is a must even if CAB is not implemented, it said. People of Northeast will not accept the communal politics of dividing the society in the name of religion, it added.
Further it said, NESO does not want to call bandhs but the Centre is forcing the organisation for it. Samujjai also appealed to the people of Northeastern region to observe and support the bandh spontaneously, it stated.
NESO comprises of student organisations of eight sister states namely, All Assam Students Union (ASSU), All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Naga Students Federation (NSF), Khasi Students Union (KSU), Garo Students Union (GSU) and Tripura Students Union (TSU).