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Stir over CAB begins, Congress, Left reject Bill

Stir over CAB begins, Congress, Left reject Bill

Imphal, Dec 8 (UNI) Series of protests have started in Manipur after the BJP led government decided to introduce the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the ongoing Parliament session.

Congress, Left, MPP and other political parties have rejected the Bill. Manipur People against Citizenship Bill (MANPAC) MANPAC has launched a three-day stir beginning today to oppose CAB.

MANPAC convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said the stir will continue. People came out in the streets and shouted slogans against CAB. All activities will be suspended from 1 am of December 9 till 3 am on December 11.

AMSU president, Laishram Athouba said that AMSU will support the strike called by NESO and impose general strike on December 10. As the day is observed as International Human Rights Day, the observation will not be disturbed it stated.

The Congress party today stated that it is opposed to Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 which is going to be introduced on December, 9.

The Bill, which is unconstitutional and anti-secular, was opposed in the last parliamentary session by Congress.

Opposing vehemently the Bill with no compromise for the North East India indigenous people, Congress spokesperson Ningombam Bupenda Meitei stated, that the Congress party stand unequivocally for total opposition to CAB 2019 whether safeguard/exemption clauses or ILP or 6th Schedule are included in the Bill for Manipur/ North East states.

The decision of All India Congress Committee, statements of former President Rahul Gandhi and President Sonia Gandhi clearly stated for the total and unequivocal opposition to Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 he added.

Demographic invasion and elimination of indigenous people of Manipur and North-East states in India will be possible only when Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 becomes an Act he said.

Through CAB 2019, BJP sows seed to implant a non-Manipuri Chief Minister of Manipur, with half of the MLAs as non-Manipuris, by 2037 he added. Left parties, MPP also staged protests against the Bill. As the population of immigrants have reached one-third of the total population due to heavy influx from Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh there is fear of the indigenous people becoming minorities it was stated.

Unlike other northeastern states where there is Inner Line Permit and restriction on buying of land, there are no such restrictions in Manipur resulting in immigrants targeting Manipur it was stated.

As the situation remained tense deployment of security personnel was seen in the streets and important places.

The proposed Bill will protect some states like Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, parts of Tripura, Assam as ILP and Sixth Schedule are implemented however Manipur the most vulnerable state was not included in the exempted state resulting in protests. Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh, however, stated earlier that the centre will bring out a mechanism to protect the indigenous people of the State from Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, and it would be announced by Union Home Minister Shah in a proper forum at a suitable time.

Chief Minister stated that the Centre is considering different options for the protection of indigenous people of the State. He said that the Centre may either bring back the ‘permit system’, which was abolished by the then Chief Commissioner of Manipur, Himmat Singh in 1950 or extend the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 currently enforced in some States to Manipur or may enforce another mechanism.


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