Sit-ins denounce CAB, mass protest on Jan 20
IMPHAL, 14th Jan: Demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 which was recently passed in the Lok Sabha and President’s assent to the Manipur People's Bill, 2018 passed by Manipur legislative assembly, sit in protests were organised under the aegis of JCILPS at different places on Monday.
A sit in protest organised by Eastern Students’ Club and Nongmeibung Meira Paibi Lup was staged at Nongmeibung Keithel here Monday raising demand that the CAB, 2016 should be withdrawn.
On the other hand, Kongba Bazar Board Committee under the aegis of JCILPS demonstrated at Kongba Keithel demanding withdrawal of CAB.
Speaking on sidelines of the protest, women protesters categorically stated that CAB, 2016 can never be implemented in Manipur. Different organisations of the state are prepared to collectively launch various forms of intense agitations if the central government continued its attempt to implement the bill, the protesters cautioned while expressing condemnations over discriminatory and communal facets of the Union government.
The women protesters of Kongba Keithel also shouted slogans like “CAB, 2016 cannot be implemented in Manipur”, “President of India should give his assent to Manipur People's Bill, 2018 passed by Manipur legislative assembly”, etc.
Banners inscribed with “CAB, 2016 passed by Lok Sabha should be withdrawn”, “CAB, 2016 should not be passed in the Rajya Sabha”, “CAB, 2016 cannot be implemented in NE states”, “Indian President should give his assent to Manipur People Bill, 2018”, “We don’t like discriminatory acts of Indian government”, etc., were also displayed at the protest sites.
Denouncing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) has appealed to all the indigenes to stage sit-in-protest on January 20 from 10 am to 4 pm.
In a statement, SSUM secretary general Bhushan Longjam observed that the Citizenship Amendment Bill, when enacted as an Act, will have disastrous impact on the state and North East region. As such, in order to save the state from losing its identity and culture from extinction due to influx of immigrants, people should unitedly stand against the Bill. He also appealed to the people to stage sit-in-protest on January 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at their respective localities in condemnation of the Bill.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Pangal Students’ Organisation (PSO) has appealed to the state government to take up necessary steps for opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill by understanding the sentiment of the people.
Otherwise, the organisation would not remain silent and extend support to the CSOs and student bodies which are launching movements against the Bill, PSO warned.