Rijiju to move apex court on Chakma, Hajong issue

Rijiju to move apex court on Chakma, Hajong issue
ITANAGAR: Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said he would leave no stone unturned to fight against the September 17
verdict of Supreme Court directing the Arunachal Pradesh government to grant permanent citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees.
Talking to reporters here on the sidelines of the three-day Bomdila Festival, Rijiju said he would make a fresh appeal in the apex court. The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a special review petition of the Arunachal government on the Chakma-Hajong issue. Rijiju said that earlier the home ministry, National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court were in favour of granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees, but he would oppose it and fight the cause. "Being a citizen of the state, I am not in favour of granting citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs. I am not against granting them citizenship outside Arunachal," he added.

CM Nabam Tuki has termed the dismissal of the special review petition by the Supreme Court unexpected. He said in a statement on Monday said, "We are not against the grant of Indian citizenship to the Chakma, Hajong refugees, but opposed to their permanent settlement in Arunachal Pradesh and the exemption of Inner Line Permit".

He said the state government would take legal recourse in the form of a curative petition before the apex court on the issue.

"The collective sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially the organizations that are agitating against the issue, has to be considered carefully," he said. The CM added that the people should not to be carried away by rumours on the issue and appealed for peace till there is a final solution.

 (Agencies)

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