MPCC questioned the stance of BJP government on CABIMPHAL | Jan 12
The Manipur People’s Protection Bill 2018 which was passed by the House to regulate the non-Manipuri will not be able to deal with the illegal migrants if the CAB is implemented, said general secretary of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Kh. Debrata.
Addressing media persons at Congress Bhavan today, Debrata said that despite demands to call a special assembly session, the press conference by the BJP which mocked the people and blaming the Congress party in connection with different protest happening in the state after CAB was passed is condemnable.
Warning the BJP to take the voice of the people seriously, he also said that BJP should stop misleading the people and talking in a manner as if they have not understood the difference between Manipur People’s Protection Bill 2018 and Citizen Amendment Bill, 2016.
Since CAB is forcefully taken up by the Centre and the bill being a central agenda, the state government will not have the power to stop its implementation and the people are aware of it, he added.
A team of Congress had already submitted a memorandum to the President of India, president of AICC, Rahul Gandhi and chairman of Joint Parliamentary Committee in the Month of June and July last year highlighting the possible impacts of the CAB. Even the extension of ceasefire was opposed by different sections different sections of the northeast but BJP after suppressing the voice of the people continued their own will, which led to the 18 June incident in Manipur, the general secretary alleged.
A panel led by Rahul Gandhi and 16 lawyers including some Supreme Court lawyers and experts had been formed to face and protest even if the Rajya Sabha passed the CAB, he added.
He also condemned the sedition charge against the protestors in Assam and the action of Manipur government in suppressing the voice of the people by using different means.
Spokesperson of MPCC, Harishwor Goshwamy said the people ask for withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill but in contrary to the demands, the state government have demand for implementation of Manipur Peoples Protection Bill.
Saying that the leaders of BJP in the state has contradicted themselves in their speech, Harishwor also questioned the reason why the cabinet decision ask for exclusion of Manipur in CAB if it is not going to affect the state.
He also said that the state government have not digested the two bills in detail and also failed to understand the role and positive criticism of the opposition party in a democracy.
While the NE states had been fighting against the illegal immigrants, passing the CAB will multiply their influx, he added.
Harishwor further said that the Manipur People’s Protection Bill should be passed along with the withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill.