Congress, KIM condemn CAB
IMPHAL, 16th Jan: Congress party in its PCC meeting held on Wednesday at Congress Bhawan here strongly condemned the NDA government for passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha.
Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) also strongly disapproved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in its executive meeting Wednesday stating that it is against the interest of indigenous Kuki people living in the northeastern states.
The PCC meeting held with MPCC president TN Haokip in the chair was attended by AICC general secretary (Manipur in-charge) Luizinho Faleiro and AICC secretary (Manipur in-charge) Charles Pyngrope, CLP leader & former CM Okram Ibobi and CWC member & former Dy CM Gaikhangam among others.
The meeting denounced the BJP government and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha for granting citizenship on religious lines while damaging the unique identity of the indigenous people of North East states and Manipur in particular.
It also congratulated AICC president Rahul Gandhi for his leadership in bringing spectacular success in the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Ibobi and Gaikhangam observed that the passage of the bill violates the secular principle of the country and it will affect the identity of the northeast states. Moreover, the bill has the potential to bring about global crisis, they observed and said that instances of intensifying persecution against non-Muslim citizens in Muslim countries could result in another global war. On the other hand, the bill will become a major cause of concern for the sustainability of the small indigenous communities in the northeast region, which is already facing uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants, they said while opposing the bill.
The two visiting AICC leaders held meeting with MPCC frontal organisations and heads of different departments and cells followed by another round of meeting with ex-MLAs and ex-candidates of the party. They also met representatives of district Congress committees in another meeting with office bearers of Block Congress Committees. Later in the afternoon, they met unit presidents and delegates to chalk out strategies to be taken up at the grassroots level.
The two AICC leaders arrived here Tuesday as part of the party’s preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
According to out Kangpokpi correspond, the KIM executive meeting took firm resolve to oppose the Bill. The decision was taken in tandem with the Kuki Inpi "Haipi Declaration" adopted on September 28, 2015, according to a KIM statement signed by Shokholun Mate, Lhangsam.
The statement added that as per the Haipi Declaration Resolution No.6 (i, ii, iii) it was resolved that ‘any adverse policy and Bill of the government, related to our land and people shall be opposed by Kuki people tooth and nail’.
Therefore, the central government should not be adamant about passing the said Bill in the Rajya Sabha, it said.
Kuki Inpi Manipur also took strong exception to the Jiribam district administration's plan to evict villagers of Sejang, Mongbung, Moljol and Jaironpokpi villages and declared endorsement of the stance of All Jiribam Tribal Union to oppose the government plan to forcefully occupy the land of these tribal villages.
It said that agreement or mutual understanding between the state government and the four tribal villages has to be made first before the government undertake any developmental venture while adding that anything otherwise would be construed as a ploy to grab tribal land, which is unacceptable.