Rajnath assures Paswan CAB will not harm NE: M Tombi

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 2nd Feb: Union home minister Rajnath Singh has reportedly assured Lok Janshakti Party national president Ram Vilas Paswan that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will not cause any harm to the indigenous people of north-eastern states.
Shiv Sena Manipur Manipur president M Tombi, who along with leaders of 11 political parties is currently in Delhi to jointly lobby central leaders for withdrawal of the contentious Bill, informed this daily that the joint delegation called on Ram Vilas on Saturday morning.
Tombi claimed that on being conveyed about anxiety and angst of the NE people against the Bill, Ram Vilas instantly contacted Rajnath with the latter responding that the proposed legislation will not be detrimental to the interest of the region’s masses.
Nevertheless, the LJP leader was urged to advise party MPs in the Rajya Sabha to oppose the Bill in case the same is brought up for discussion, he said, adding that Ram Vilas had been urged to prevail upon the centre to either withdraw the Bill or incorporate a special clause that would ensure protection of the NE people.
Moreover, as the Bill has not been listed for tabling in the Rajya Sabha it would be not be an exaggeration to contend that the Central government is aware about concerns of the people, he opined.
Tombi further mentioned that on Friday, the joint delegation met Anil Desai, who is Shiv Sena MP and party’s national secretary, as well as Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjoy to seek their cooperation in opposing the Bill.


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