The Nagaland government has passed a resolution in the assembly, rejecting the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, objected a walkout by 26 opposition MLAs.

The resolution was passed on Monday, outrightly dismissed the Citizenship Bill, stating that it cannot be applied in Nagaland as the proposed legislation will create an impact on the “unique history and status of the Nagas under the Constitution.”

On Saturday, it was moved by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

The resolution further expressed solidarity with the communities and states of the Northeast in opposing the Citizenship Bill, as it has the perspective of  “changing the demographic profile, which will be against the interest of indigenous tribes and can divest them of their constitutionally guaranteed political, cultural and economic rights.”

However, the opposition MLAs has walked out of the assembly, claims that they would not support the resolution in its existing form.

On January 8, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha, seeks to offer citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan after 6-years of residence in India.

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