Nagaland students join rest of NE in observing ‘total shutdown’ over CAA

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KOHIMA | Jan 22:

The students of various universities and colleges in the state of Nagaland joined the rest of the Northeastern States to observe the total shutdown called by the Northeastern Universities Student's Fraternity on Wednesday in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Nagaland University, Lumami observed the total shutdown by placing placards in the university campus. Meanwhile, the students of St.Joseph College, Jakhama took to the streets of Kohima opposing the Act holding placards and shouting slogans while marching towards Raj Bhavan.

Chumtiba Sangtam, President St.Joseph College (Autonomous) Jakhama, speaking at the short program held outside Raj Bhavan, stated that the protest all over the country is a sign that people are against this very act.

"If the government doesn't follow the Constitution we should not follow the government and if the government breaks the constitution we should also break down the government," he added.

Meanwhile, Vimeyekho President All Nagaland College Students Union (ANCSU) while speaking to The Northeast Today said, "the reasons given by the state leaders on Citizenship Amendment Act is not convincing to the general public of Nagaland".

ANCSU will oppose the bill "tooth and nail" and will continue to stand united with the rest of the Northeast States who are opposing the Act, he added.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court today has refused to stay the operation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said today that it cannot grant any stay on CAA without hearing Centre.

However, CJI SA Bobde agreed that the challenge to Citizenship Assam Act will have to be bifurcated in two sections – one concerning Tripura and Assam and another one concerning CAA generally. The apex court clubbed together all pleas concerning the two northeastern states as both these states have separate agreements with the Centre regarding the protection of native people.