CM allays fear over CAB as BJP vows to address public concerns

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 15th Jan: Chief minister N Biren met leaders of civil society organisations (CSO) of the state late Monday evening and briefed them (CSO leaders) about his meeting with Union Home Minister on the issue surrounding Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
A reliable source informed that representatives of UCM, AMUCO, CCSK and HERICOUN attended the meeting called by Biren at CM secretariat.
Deputy speaker Robindro, MLAs Dingo and Satyabrata and state’s advocate general also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, CM Biren told the CSO leaders that he visited New Delhi to attend party’s national conference and also apprised Home Minister Rajnath Singh about prevailing situation in Manipur and NE after the passage of CAB in the Lok Sabha on January 7.
N Biren also informed them that Union Home minister was apprised about issues confronting Manipur presently and pressurised the Central leader to give assent to the Manipur People's Protection Bill at the earliest, the source said.
It further informed that advocate general explained to CSO leaders about powers and functions of CAB and MPP Bill during the meeting and asserted that CAB could not nullify MPP Bill even if the latter is implemented.
The advocate generalexplained that a Bill passed by Parliament can supercede a Bill passed by state assembly on similar issue but will have no affect on different matters.
During the meeting, the CSO leaders pressurised the chief minister to implement MPP Bill at the earliest after getting assent from the Centre and placed before the CM that they would oppose CAB tooth and nail.
Meanwhile, BJP Manipur Pradesh spokesperson Ch Bijoy assured that the party will uphold public interest and will never hurt their sentiment while dealing with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and other issues related with it.
Addressing a press meet at the party’s office at Canchipur on Tuesday, Bijoy said that national leaders of the party are discussing the issue so that the bill cannot hurt the sentiment of the people of Manipur. Chief minister Biren himself had started meeting CSO leaders to allay public apprehension, he said.
Accusing Congress party of acting double standard over the issue and others, he recalled that in 2011, the then chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi took a cabinet decision to treat Bangladeshi immigrants as Indian citizen while observing that they fled the country to escape persecution.
He then submitted a memorandum to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 20, 2012 to grant citizenship to the immigrants and the same was reported in Economic Times on June 2, 2015.
On the other hand, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee took a similar resolution in its executive meeting on May 25, 2015.
As such, statements issued by Assam Congress and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee against CAB amount to double standard nature, he said while adding that the party is playing a dirty game of politics just to win votes.
Stating that the Congress Mukt Bharat slogan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aimed at bringing all round development in the country, he called upon the people of the state and the country to root out Congress from the country.
BJP Manipur Pradesh legal department convener Soubam Nongpoknganba, who was also present during the press meet, reiterated that CAB will have no conflict with the Manipur People's Protection Bill 2018.
Even if the illegal immigrants are granted Indian citizenship, MPP Bill will prevent them from entering the state without permit or settling in the state, he maintained.


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