MANPAC boycotts PM, HM; cautions MLAs
IMPHAL, 2nd Feb: Denouncing the repeated attempts of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minster to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), Manipur People against CAB 2016 (MANPAC) has announced that the people of Manipur would boycott the PM and the union ministers indefinitely.
Addressing a press conference at MANPAC’s office at New Checkon Road here Saturday, convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said that MANPAC, a conglomerate of 72 organisations, had organised a One Day People Convention at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen on Friday against CAB 2016. It is unfortunate that the President failed to understand the sentiments of NE people with regard to the Bill while delivering his presidential address in the joint session of Parliament to mark the start of its session.
On top of this, Union Home Minister Rajnath’s contradictory actions, despite his repeated assurances, manifests disrespect to Manipur and the NE states. His inability to translate the many MoUs into action and empty promises of safeguarding the interest of NE sate can no longer be trusted. The perfect example of this is the passing of CAB 2016 in the Lok Sabha, ignoring the cries and protests of the northeastern populace. The passing of CAB is an affront to the Constitution of India and in violation of fundamental rights of the people, the convenor remarked.
Informing that MANPAC has completed all preparations to hold unity meetings not only in Manipur but also at other NE states, Dilipkumar said that the committee would soon announce a series of protests in a line-by-line format, apart from organising a mass, effective human chain protest etc. Locals, Meira Paibis, Clubs and organisations whose line is responsible for the day are requested to extend their support. In addition, MLAs of the constituencies falling under the line are to submit their signatures, voicing the call for withdrawal of CAB 2016 to MANPAC’s office. Any MLA who refuses to submit their signatures would be duly identified and boycotted, apart from launching intense agitations against them, he stated.
MANPAC co-convenor Ningthouja Lancha, who also attended the press conference, said that the unconstitutional move of passing the CAB in the Lok Sabha and media reports stating that the Bill will be passed as supplementary bill either on February 6 or 7 is an act of looking down upon the Mongoloid Asian people in NE apart from portraying a colonial attitude while giving free reign to illegal immigrants.
Since the government does not respect our fundamental rights and wants to suppress the NE indigenes, people of Manipur will no longer honour and respect the national symbols of the Union of India as part of the measures to protect the state’s territory, unity, identity and resources. As such, Hindi, which is one of the official languages is also boycotted as of now and the same will be relayed to other NE states, he conveyed.
On top of this, for the repeated attempts made to pass CAB, people of Manipur would boycott both the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister indefinitely. Even if they were to visit Manipur after visiting Guwahati on February 8, the boycott would still stand. All institutions including the educational institutions are prohibited from singing the national anthem as well, he stated.
Lancha then went on to say that, a joint conference of the NE states would soon be convened to fight this racial war that is being waged against the Mongoloid Asian people, apart from seeking the help of the United Nations to protect the North East indigenes.
He then appealed to the people to extend their support to MANPAC in all of its activities until the CAB is withdrawn unconditionally.
Maintaining that the steps taken up by MANPAC are to protect Manipur, the co-convenor said that Ministers/MLAs must not continue warming their seats after securing power for 5 years. They must firmly declare that they would resign from their posts if CAB were to be implemented, in the interest of the people of Manipur. The people would not be able to remain silent if such a stance is not made, he cautioned.