MPP Bill cannot supersede CAB, call special session: Cong
IMPHAL, 10th Jan: Maintaining that it is impossible to supersede the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) by Manipur People’s Protection Bill (MPPB), opposition leader Okram Ibobi has demanded the state government to convene a special session of the state assembly so as to adopt a resolution against CAB.
Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhawan here Thursday, the former chief minister said that NPP is now considering to pull out from NDA after Lok Sabha passed the bill. In such a situation, it is the need of the hour for the state government to convene a special session of the assembly while keeping aside the matter of opposition or ruling.
Reacting against a statement made by chief minister N Biren, who spoke of MPP Bill as the shield for the state against CAB, the CLP leader pointed out that no state Act can supersede central Act and the MPP Bill will be rendered powerless even if approved by the President of India once CAB is enacted as an Act. He also criticised CM Biren for giving meaningless assurances to the public while stating that legal experts and public are well aware of the fact. The Assam Accord approved by the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi would also be rendered toothless once the CAB turns into act. Considering such facts, the government should consult experts before giving false assurances, he said.
MPCC spokesperson MLA Kh Joykisan also demanded a special session of the state assembly to solicit stand of all the 60 MLAs of the state. He also urged all concerned to refrain from construing the situation as an opportunity to gain political mileage.
Veteran politician Okram Joy said that it is a pity for the government and chief minister to claim that MPP Bill will protect the state against CAB. As per Indian Constitution, central law will always prevail over the state law whenever there is a conflict. Considering the development over CAB, the matter of President’s assent to MPP Bill is rather hopeless now, he said while accusing BJP of being double standard. In the present situation, the state government should stand against the Centre, he opined and added that the question pending is whether the state government has the audacity to say no to the Centre or not.