Sit-in protests continue; consultative meeting held against CAB
IMPHAL, 3rd Feb: Sit-in protests opposing CAB organised under the aegis of Manipur People Against CAB 2016 (MANPAC) continued in different parts of the state.
United Clubs Development Association with its member clubs of Sagolband Yambem Leirak, Thingbaijam Leirak, Yengkhom Leirak, Ramji Kabui Khul and Loukham Leirak organised a sit-in protest along Imphal-Jiri Road at Sagolband Yengkhom Leirak.
Sit-in protests were also staged at Yaipha Shanglen community hall, Tera Lukram Leirak by Lukram Leirak Youth Club and Apunba Lukram Leirak Meira Paibi; Soibam Leikai Wangkhei Khunou by Citizens’ Club and the local meira paibi; Khurai Puthiba Nandeibam Leikai by Khurai Puthiba Nandeibam Leikai Meira Paibi; Khundrakpam Mayai Leikai by Khundrakpam Mayai Leikai Chaokhat Nupi Lup; Tangkham by Tangkham Apunba Meira Paibi Lup; North AOC by All Manipur Inter State Bus And Allied Transport Association; Wangkhei Angom Leikai by WAL Club; Thangmeiband United Club organised sit-in protest at Thangmeiband.
Protests were also held at Singjamei Ideal Club, Khurai Salan Thong, Khundrakpam, Pheidinga Keithel, Loitang Khullen, Loitang Leikinthabi, Loitang Mamang Leikai, Maharabi Lamkhai and at Tendongyang.
Meanwhile, members of AMSU, MSF, KSA, SUK, DESAM and AIMS returned from Delhi to Imphal on Sunday.
Meira Paibi organisations, local clubs and different organisations carried out torch rallies at different parts of the state on Sunday night demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
People’s Alliance Manipur organised a torch rally at Nongpok Kakching, Nongpok Heirok, Okshu and Ningthemcha Khul in Imphal East district on Sunday night.
Different Meira Paibi oranisations, CSOs and clubs along Tiddim Road also carried out torch rally, which started from Tiddim Ground and went towards Keishamthong after reaching Keishampat Junction.
Muslim Students’ Development Organisation, Islamic Social Development Organisation, Popular Front India Sangaiyumpham Area, Social Development Organisation and all club and organisations of Sangaiyumpham under the aegis of People Alliance Manipur also organised a torch rally from Sangaiyumpham Palli Bazar to Sangaiyumpham Tentha Khunnou Primary School.
Earlier, Kakching Block Congress Committee organised a sit-in protest against CAB in front of BCC office at Kakching Keithel. BCC president Ksh Ibohal, secretary N Jugeshwar, MPCC member Naorem Kobit, Kakching Municipal Council councillors M Inakkhunbi, M Uma, M Memcha and other Congress members and workers participated in the protest.
Protesters warned of another June 18-like incident if the Centre passes the contentious Bill.
At Silchar, Manipuri Youths Front of Assam (MYFA) in association with Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Union and All Assam Kuch Rajbangshi Students Union organised a bike rally against CAB on Sunday.
MYFA president Seram Herajit flagged off the rally from Silchar Bowaljar.
In Bishnupur, a consultative meeting was held on the present condition of Manipur at Kwakta Bazar by Kwakta Unit Congress Committee. The meeting was attended by ex-minister Kh Ratankumar SIngh, ex-MLA M Prithviraj SIngh, Kwakta Municipal Council chairperson Md Maheruddin, Kwakta Municipal Council councillors, Moirang Block Congress Committee president Md Saukat Ali, vice president M Ibohal Singh, social worker Ph Shamu Singh, K Mohendro Singh and leaders of Jamiat ul Ulemma as presidium members along with members of Moirang Block Congress Committee.
Speaking at the meet, Ratankumar accused the BJP government in state and Centre of being biased towards a particular religion. Since they have come to power they are indulging in anti-constitutional activities and amongst them the most biased is Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. In view of this, we all should work to ensure that the Bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha, he exhorted.
Ex-MLA M Prithviraj Singh claimed that BJP is a party that thinks that India should be a Hindu Rashtra and is favourable to a particular community which is proved by the recent passing of CAB in the Lok Sabha. Their scheme is to flood the North East region with Hindu migrants from Bangladesh and turn the region into Hindu ruled states.
He further asserted that Congress party has firmly declared that it will not allow passing of the Bill in Rajya Sabha and the statement by the chief minister about Union home minister assuring that the Bill will not affect Manipur is total hogwash. So, it is important that people of North East including Manipur come together and oppose the Bill before it is tabled, he appealed.