CAB a time bomb for NE: MANPAC
IMPHAL, 30th Sep: Describing the centre’s move to implement the much-debated Citizenship Amendment Bill in the north east as a ploy to erase the indigenous people of the region, Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar has made it clear that the Bill should not be imposed in the tiny state of Manipur and other north east states where a massive number of outsiders have already secured their position, thereby posing a serious threat to the existence and identity of the indigenous people.
He was addressing the Meet of Social Organisations on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 organised by MANPAC at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound here on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, Dilipkumar said that the meet was organised to adopt certain resolutions to facilitate the anti-CAB campaign to be launched by MANPAC under North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) from October 3.
The meet resolved to vehemently oppose the centre’s bid to enforce the contentious CAB in the north east and extend full support by MANPAC and people of the state to the agitations to be taken up by NEFIP against the move to implement the Bill in the region.
It also resolved to launch public movement and a sit-in-protest in the state on October 3 as per the resolution taken during the central executive council meeting of NEFIP held in Kohima, Nagaland on September 25. Observing that indigenous people of the north east would be severely affected if the Bill is implemented in the region by any chance, the meeting thoroughly discussed ways to protect the indigenous people from the incessant influx of outsiders into the region and their influence on demographic status.
Dilipkumar recalled that MANPAC along with people of the state had launched an intense movement against the centre’s bid to pass CAB in the Parliament though the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.
Taking part in the meet, NEFIP convener Ningthouja Lancha said that the future of the north east region would be at stake if Citizenship Amendment Bill which will allow illegal migrants from minority communities to get Indian citizenship, is implemented in the region and therefore raising a collective voice of the north east against the proposed enforcement of the Bill is needed.
Senior citizen RK Ranendrajit was present as a presidium member at the meet wherein Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur president L Memchoubi; Nupi Samaj leader Ramani; Kuki Inpi Imphal president Mangcha Haokip; Zeliangrong Union president Amu Kamei; MMWO leader Abdulla Phundreimayum and representatives of several civil society organisations spoke on the demerits of the Bill.