MANPAC threatens to intensify agitation, may even demand ‘political autonomy’IMPHAL | Feb 12
Manipur People against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) warned of demanding ‘political autonomy’ of the Northeast if the Centre remains deaf ear to the voice of the people and pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha.
Speaking to the media here today at the Manipur Press Club, MANPAC core committee member, Sunil Karam criticised the state government for imposing public curfew, stopping internet data services and for imposing restriction to local cable operators. “Such imposition makes us more suspicious that the Bill will be passed,” he added.
“Since the past years the people of Northeastern states have been standing against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. But suddenly passing of the said Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8 clearly shows that the Centre neglects the genuine voice of the Northeast”, continued Sunil.
Recalling the withdrawal of ‘no territorial limit’ in the Cease Fire Agreement with the Centre and the NSCN (IM) in the year 2001 after the June 18 incident, the core committee member appealed the people of the state to come out and take up the ‘On-road mass protest opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016’ unless and until the Bill is withdrawn.
Further restating Prime Minister Modi’s much hyped development slogan of the Northeast region that ‘India cannot be called a developed nation until and unless Northeast is developed’, he added that in the wake of this controversial Bill it has become clear weather Modi wants to bring development in the region or eradiate it indigenous people.
Another core committee member, Ph. Deban supplemented that the government which does not listen to the voice of the people is not the true representative of the people.
It is very unfortunate that the Centre is trying to pass the contentious Bill which threatens the survival of the Northeast indigenous people in spite of wide spread hue and cry against Bill, he lamented.
He appealed to all CVOs, student bodies, general public and political parties to join hands and act against the Bill unless it is withdrawn.
Kh. Athouba who is also a member of the core committee asked the state government to be supportive like the Mizoram government in taking up agitations against CAB, if the state government truthfully opposes the Bill.
MANPAC also appealed the strike supporters to not give any restrictions to media persons, and essential services like water and electricity, medical services, religious related matter in taking out protest
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