Understand public sentiment: CSOs on CAB

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 15th Jan: Manipur Peace & Integrity (MAPI) Council has urged the elected representatives of the state particularly those who are in the government to work in the interest of the people by understanding their sentiment and desire.
In a statement, MAPI Council secretary M Neta claimed that passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8 without consultation with the stakeholders first is not only anti-people but inferior treatment of the North East people by the Union government. The BJP led government is trying to grant citizenship to foreigners mostly Hindus for their political mileage only. People of the state already understand the impact of illegal migrants in the last state assembly election wherein a non-local was elected as an MLA in Jiribam.
Therefore, the elected representatives should refrain from obeying orders from the central leaders and instead prevail upon their higher authority to act by understanding the feelings of local people. As people elected their representatives to form government or work for their welfare, no ministers or chief minister should remain silent when the union minister or the Prime Minister give flimsy assurance on sensitive issue since the state has already witnessed false promises regarding Framework Agreement, the statement said.
As such, the elected representatives of the state should think wisely and act according to the will and desire of the people. The government should hold discussions in order to resolve the issue rather than panicking when the state is in chaos, stated Neta.
On the other hand, Nongpok Leingak Apunba Nupi Lup has urged the state government to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill in public by understanding the sentiment of the people. It would be better on the part of the state government to work for the welfare of the people by joining hands.
Protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) conducted street corner meetings at Patsoi, Naoremthong and Tera areas on Tuesday.
Leaders of AMUCO namely K Helen, NC Modhuchandra, S Sanjay and L Thoithoi spoke at these meetings. Addressing the gathering, the speakers made aware of the possible outcome if the Citizenship Amendment Bill is made an Act. They opined that the state would be in a disastrous condition and lamented that there is no law or Act to protect the indigenes of the state at present. On the other hand, if the Bill becomes an Act, it would change the demography of the state and make the indigenes a minority in their own land.
Therefore, the organisation will launch several agitations in protest against the Bill with the help of the people and ensure that the Bill does not affect the state, the statement of AMUCO added.


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