Rahul Gandhi assures CLP, NESO teams to fight CAB
IMPHAL, 4th Feb: AICC president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh assured a team of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) led by former chief minister O Ibobi that the party will fight for trashing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, while acknowledging that the Bill is a threat to the identity of not only the northeast but also of the country.
The Congress chief also gave similar assurance to functionaries of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) who called on him on Monday and sought support in opposing the Bill from being passed in the Rajya Sabha. The CLP team met the two AICC leaders at the national capital on Monday and pressed them to make sure that the Bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha.
Interacting with media persons after the meeting, CLP leader Okram Ibobi said that the Congress legislators of Manipur thoroughly explained to Rahul Gandhi on the inevitable impact to the state and the northeast in the event of enacting the Bill into Act. In response, the AICC president told the team that he understands the sentiments of the northeast people and assured that Congress will use all efforts to prevent the Bill from being passed in the upper house. He also informed that Congress will join hands with other likeminded parties to fight against the communal Bill, Ibobi said.
Rajya Sabha MP former PM Dr Manmohan Singh also told the state team that he is discussing the matter with MPs of Congress allies in order to prevent it from being passed in the Rajya Sabha, the former CM informed.
He further conveyed that the MPCC team is meeting several national leaders of the party to seek their support for fighting against the Bill. They will further meet leaders of other parties, who are allies of Congress in order to ensure that Rajya Sabha does not clear the Bill.
Even though the Bill is not listed in the business of the House, Congress does not believe in NDA government as it could table the Bill at any time. Since Congress MPs are not enough to out vote the ruling party against the Bill, the party is in talk with its allies including AITC, DMK, BSP, SP, TDP among others, he added.
MPCC president TN Haokip, AICC CWC member and former deputy CM Gaikhangam, MLAs Govindas Konthoujam, K Ranjit, DD Thaisii, Kh Joykisan, N Loken, Ak Mirabai, K Meghachandra, Th Lokeshwar, Md Abdul Nasir and Md Fajur Rahim were also part of the CLP team who met the two AICC leaders.
On the other-hand, NESO team met Rahul Gandhi on Monday at 3:30 pm to highlight strong public dissent across the northeast region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
During the meeting, NESO team apprised Rahul that CAB is a threat to the identity, culture and language of the indigenous people. Rahul said that Congress party would not allow anybody to crush the identity, culture and language of the indigenous people. He also said that he fully supports Assam Accord and he will oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 when it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
Earlier, the NESO team met All India Trinamool Congress MP Sangata Roy and JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi. Both the MPs assured their support in opposing the Bill.
The student delegation was jointly led by AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa, NESO general secretary Sinam Prakash.
It may be mentioned here that NESO team had been campaigning against the Bill while seeking support from different political parties to give a strong voice against CAB 2016.
In sync with its effort to galvanise support of political leaders to thwart the Centre’s move for passing the Bill which is pending approval of the Rajya Sabha, the NESO delegates have so far conveyed opposition of the NE people to leaders of various political parties.
They include Janata Dal (U) vice president Prashant Kishor; Biju Janata Dal parliamentarian Bharturhari Mehtab who is also the member of JPC on CAB to garner his support against CAB; NPP president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Atul Bora (AGP) and MK Jamatia of Indigenous People's Front of Tripura.
Meanwhile, AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem, who is currently in New Delhi, informed that the ongoing protest across North East states speaheaded by NESO has been able to create awareness among political leaders and normal Indian citizens that CAB shoul not only affect Assam but entire states of the region.
The threat posed to culture, identity and language of indigenous peoples of NE region by CAB is now well versed across India but the ongoing movement needs to be sustained till February 13 as the tricky and unpredicatable BJP might introduce the contentious Bill as Suplementarary Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the AMSU leader said and stressed that entire people of NE need to stand united till the Bill is withdrawn.