“Govt with people on common issues”
IMPHAL, 10th Apr: Chief minister N Biren has stated that no action which could affect the indigenous people of Manipur would be allowed as long as the current government exists.
He also declared that the government of Manipur will be with the people on common issues facing the state.
Assuring this while addressing media persons at BJP office here Wednesday, chief minister N Biren claimed that the BJP’s manifesto for 17th Lok Sabha election include a point for protection of indigenous people of the North East in acknowledgment of the recent widespread protests by the people of Manipur and other North Eastern states against enforcement of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
As long as the current government exists, no action which could affect language identity, culture and rights of indigenous people of the land would be allowed to take up and this government will join the people in their genuine movement, Biren affirmed. He maintained that party’s central leaders fully acknowledge mass movement launched against CAB by students, Meira Paibis, clubs, organisations and political parties. As a result of this mass movement, BJP’s manifesto for Lok Sabha election listed CAB enforcement vis-à-vis protection of indigenous people of the North East region and the credit of this outcome should go to the people of Manipur, he added.
According to N Biren, people of Manipur launched intense agitation for implementation of Inner Line Permit System to protect indigenous people and also to stop influx of illegal immigrants who have posed threat to the culture, identity and language of indigenous people of the North East. The present government too took a cabinet decision to adopt the National Register of Citizens to identify illegal immigrants and urged the Centre to initiate NRC for the state of Manipur in the same manner done in Assam, Biren said while adding that party’s manifesto also promised to take up NRC with priority in the North East. N Biren also said that BJP’s manifesto clearly mentioned the pledge to dispel fear among NE people in the event of CAB implementation apart from promising to safeguard language, culture and social identity of people of the region. He maintained that the earlier CAB is now almost lapsed as it was not tabled in Rajya Sabha in acknowledgement of sentiments of the people of NE and the new CAB the party pledged to enforce would include clauses to protect indigenous people of the region. He also thanked the people of Manipur for launching democratic agitations which attracted attention of state and Central government.