Meet opposes CAB, resolves to intensify stir

IMPHAL, 18th Jan: A one-day academic discourse on The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 organised by Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) at Manipur Press Club here Friday adopted four resolutions including to oppose the Bill more strongly.
The committee also organised a similar discussion programme at Manipur University Court Hall while Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) convened a public convention at the same venue.
The Manipur Press Club meeting which was presided over by JCILPS convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar adopted four resolutions - oppose the implementation of the Bill tooth and nail in the Northeast especially Manipur as the Bill if enforced forcibly will endanger the indigenes of the region; pressurise the state government to convene a special session of the Manipur Assembly to discuss the Bill and to pass a resolution against the enforcement of the Bill in the state; organise mass protest against the Bill under the leadership of JCILPS; and press for assent of President of India to the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 at the earliest.
Speaking on the sidelines of the discourse, Dilipkumar informed that the event was held to minutely discuss all aspects of the CAB.
As the Bill will have adverse impact on Northeastern states especially Manipur exerting intense pressure upon the state government to take a strong stand is the need of the hour, he said.
The state government should pass a resolution against the Bill and send it to the Union government to demand withdrawal of the Bill or to add a clause to exclude Manipur from its purview. The statement given by the chief minister N Biren that Union home minister Rajnath Singh had assured him will not satisfy the public. So, it will be better if a discussion is initiated in the state Assembly on the matter, he added.
Dilipkumar further opined that if the state government really wants to protect the indigenes than it will be more appropriate and acceptable to the masses in the assembly takea firm stand. The Bill is against the will of the people of the region and they will oppose it as history is proof that public voice has always won. The Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. So the commitment given by the CM for reviewing the Bill is improbable, and the chief minister’s statement has no value unless a unanimous resolution is adopted in the state Assembly against the Bill, Dilipkumar maintained.
The discourse was attended by Manipur High Court senior advocate Irom Lalit and advocate Th Manihar Singh as resource persons. Two other public conventions held on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) Friday also resolved that a special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly be convened at the earliest to take a resolute stand against the Bill. While the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) convened a public convention at the Court Hall of Manipur University, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) organised a day-long academic discourse on CAB. In both the public conventions, the impacts of CAB likely to be given to people of the NE region particularly in Manipur were discussed threadbare and resolved that the Bill cannot be implemented in NE and Manipur under any circumstances.
In the MUTA organised public convention attended by academicians and CSO leaders, it was resolved that a special session of state assembly be called immediately to take a resolution which does not give ‘double’ meaning and a similar resolution was arrived at in the JCILPS organised convention as well.
The public convention at MU moderated by VC in-charge professor Amar Yumnam also adopted several resolutions. Among the resolutions include demand for a political autonomy for Manipur, constitutional safeguard for indigenous people of the NE and blocking the CAB from passing in Rajya Sabha collectively by political parties and stakeholders of the region. While resolving unanimously that the CAB will severely affect interests of the NE people, the meet also resolved that MUTA should convene a larger public conclave involving representatives of major stakeholders and political parties of the state soon on a convenient day.

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