MSDF condemns CAB, appeals for immediate assembly sessionIMPHAL | Jan 11
Reacting strongly against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in Lok Sabha, Manipur Secular Democratic Front strongly condemn the bill alleging that it is based on religion and appealed for an immediate assembly session, an all political party meeting, and a people’s convention for an united agitation.
Addressing press meet held at All India Trinamool Congress office, MSDF Convenor Thokchom Inaocha demanded for the withdrawal of the bill before bloodshed occurs. He said the bill is base on religion and anti constitutional. It is the bill of BJP led government’s dictatorship, he alleged. Therefore, Manipur Secular Democratic Front along with five parties i.e. JDS, AAPP, NCP, BDS, MPTC are totally against bill and the front will always stand together with the people’s decision about the bill, he added.
Mentioning CM’s speech of protecting the people, he alleged that CM is making out of people. Assam accord 1952 provides protection of outsiders but the Assamese state is against the bill and agitating against it, he said. It is because they know that bill will not protect the indigenous people. When the bill is passed on the floor of Lok Sabha, the peace and harmony of the entire northeastern state has been affected. The State which has its own history, is about to become to an extinction zone; therefore, keeping vision of future generation, the time has come for a united agitation.
The state government’s assurances are nothing but diverting the people’s emotions away from the bill. “Without keeping consideration of the differences among political parties let us join together and oppose bill for future generations,” he added.
NCP state president, Iboyaima Soram said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. On January 7, 2019 it was submitted to joint Parliamentary Committee and passed on January 8, he informed. After coming to know that the bill has been passed, the northeast states mainly Assam started agitations, he said.
After coming to know about the agitations Rajnath stated that that bill is for all over India, he said. However, the northeast people know that there are demographic imbalances as the states were merged into India. And bill is against 1955 Principle Act, so the people should know the hidden agendas, he added.
The bill is totally based on religion, allowing significant five religions to enter India like Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsis, Christians, he said adding it is passed against Muslims. And Meitei community which is staying at Myanmar side could not enter India due to following Meitei religion and not being a Hindu, he said.
While stating that the Bill is immature and has raised many question and issues, he stated that it is an act of autocratic and dirty election policy for voting.
It may also cause driving away of religions away from respective neighbouring countries for sake of some other specific religion, he said. There may be religious war and cause international issues due to the bill, he added.
Mentioning that Nagaland NPF has stood strongly against the bill, he questioned why not in Manipur. Alleging that BJP governs the state by force, he stated that the agitations against the bill were so strong that it caused injuries to the agitators.
Manipur Secular Democratic Front, Co- Convenor, Chabungbam Premchandra said that the situation is a result of many years’ communal politics. People should not stop agitating if it comes to an act otherwise the historic state like Manipur will come to an end, he said.
Giving suggestions that they said strategy should be changed, the state government should pressure for review and demand consideration of Manipur Protection Bill, he said.
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