CPI MP calls for junking 'anti-people' Bill
IMPHAL, 2nd Feb: Raising strong objection against the Centre’s move to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016; Binoy Viswam, who is an MP of Communist Party of India in the Rajya Sabha, has categorically stated that the Bill deserved to be discarded in the dustbin.
Speaking at a sit-in protest staged Saturday at Irawat Bhawan here, the parliamentarian from Kerala described the Bill as a direct affront to the entire communities settling in the north-eastern states.
Asking the BJP-led NDA government to reconsider its decision for pushing through the contentious Bill in the Rajya Sabha in the interest of the indigenous people of northeast region, he opined that the Central government should always strive to entertain grievances of the marginalised section of the society and compassionately address their plight.
Though the two Rajya Sabha MPs from Manipur are unlikely to raise voice against the Centre’s move when the Bill is tabled in the Upper House, representatives of CPI and other like-minded political organisations will not let the Bill get the passage without a fight, Viswam vowed.
Regardless of the BJP currently in power at the Centre, great injustice will be done to the people of northeast in case the Bill gets converted into an Act, he said, while terming the BJP government’s agenda to grant citizenship status to Hindu immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as a serious threat to sustainability of the indigenes of the northeast.
Moreover, the Bill, as and when implemented has the potential to spark nationwide outrage in view of its sectarian nature, the MP maintained and accused the Centre of ignoring suffering of the nation’s own Hindu people.
Further stating that the Centre’s policy will have serious impact on culture, identity and resources of Manipur as granting constitutional rights of settlement to the adopted citizens will definitely lead to unprecedented influx in the northeast region including Manipur, Viswam stressed that it is high time that all political parties to unitedly fight the fascist agenda of the Narendra Modi government and teach a befitting lesson to the incumbent government for anti-people policies. Addressing the protesters, CPI Manipur State Council secretary L Sotinkumar contended that in case BJP is allowed to retain power at the centre then all the ethnic communities of the northeast region will be gradually wiped out from their home place.
He also sought help of the people of Manipur to ensure defeat of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
According to senior communist leader and former MLA Dr M Nara, the only reason for delay in enactment of the Bill is due to the collective campaign of the northeast people against it.
He also pledged unflinching support of CPI and other like-minded organisations to the public campaign against the Bill.
After the sit-in that had the participation of leaders of nine Left as well as non-BJP and non-Congress parties, a protest rally led by MP Binoy Viswam was also taken out from the protest venue till Kangla Western gate and ended at the starting point.