Closure of assembly sessions by CM indicates support for CAB: Dilipkumar
Protest meet against CAB held under aegis of JCILPS
THOUBAL| Jan 22
Despite the on-going agitations all over the state in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, the words of CM, N. Biren Singh that there is no issue in Manipur which he mentioned to the Governor in regard to the closure of the Assembly implies that he approves of the CAB, alleged convenor of Joint Action Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), Dilipkumar Yumnamcha.
He stated this during a protest meet held today at Waithou Bazar, organised jointly by Waithou Educated Youth Association (WEYA) and Waithou Women Welfare and Development Society (WWWDS) under the aegis of JCILPS.
Participants at the protest meet declared that CAB 2016 which was passed in the Lok Sabha recently should be withdrawn and it cannot be implemented in the northeastern states while also stating that the Manipur People Bill 2018 should have the assent of the President of India. They further condemned the communal politics instigated by the government.
Speaking on the occasion, Dilipkumar Yumnamcha stated that the demands and agitations for ILP had been initiated from several years due to the threat on the survival of the indigenous populations and a lot of people have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the motherland. “Added with the silence for the past years on the part of the state government, the people cannot accept the CAB passed in the Lok Sabha that allows residents of neighbouring countries belonging to six different relations to become citizens of the country which is against the ILP movement too,” he added.
He also stated that it is unfortunate that the assembly sessions have been closed when it is time to take a firm stand so that the CAB is not passed in the Rajya Sabha. “While CMs of neighbouring states have stated that they will resign from their post if the CAB is implemented, the actions initiated by the CM of Manipur is rather shameful,” Dilipkumar Yumnamcha continued adding that the bill cannot be implemented in any aspect and both the state and central governments should be aware that the people of Manipur vehemently opposes the CAB.
Co-convenor of JCILPS, Moijingmayum Kheiruddin also stated while the people are in a state of apprehension and fear due to the rapid influx of migrants ion the northeastern states, the plan to introduce the CAB has raised the apprehensions that the indigenous populations could all be wiped out soon. “Besides these, if the bill is implemented then there is the possibility that the resources of the region will be all consumed and there would not even be places for the indigenous people to stay,” he continued lamenting that the region will be reduced to a land of poverty and desolation instead of a well-developed one.
The bill is against the state and its people and it cannot be implemented in any form or other; and MPs, Ksh Bhabananda and Mary Kom should oppose the bill in the Rajya Sabha, he continued adding that all political parties in the northeastern region should urge their representatives to the oppose the bill and an assembly session should be commenced at the earliest so that the representatives of the state could take a united resolution to oppose the passing of the bill.
Moijingmayum Kheiruddin further said, “The Bill is an attempt to rouse the flames of dissent when the fire of merger-agreement is still burning,” while asserting the statement made by the CM that a clause to protect the indigenous people of Manipur will be inserted in the bill is total fabrication. “The act of interpreter, RN Ravi who had introduced the matter of signing the Naga peace accord in order to divert the issue of CAB is most unfortunate,” he added.
The protest meet also witnessed the attendance of co-convenor of JCILPS, Haopu Kom along with several members of the committee.
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