MANPAC lines up anti-CAB protests starting Oct 3
IMPHAL, 1st Oct: Continuing with their agitations against the move to enforce Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in north east state against the wish of the people of the region, Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) has conveyed that people of the state would ring bells loudly simultaneously and form human chains during which slogans against the contentious Bill will be chanted on October 3.
Speaking to media persons at Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) office located at Kwakeithel here on Tuesday, MANPAC convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar informed that a massive public protest will be launched in the state against CAB on October 3 in line with the unanimous resolution passed by the central executive council meeting of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) held at Kohima on September 25.
He said that CAB poses a severe threat to the existence of indigenous people of the north east because the Bill, if implemented, will allow illegal migrants from neighbouring countries including Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship.
He elaborated that vendors of markets, school and college students, local club members, womenfolk and members of civil society organisations would gather at 11 am on October 3 and form human chains and give a clarion call by ringing bells at 11.30 am simultaneously to reiterate the collective stand against the Bill.
He further informed that the bells will be rung for a minute to be followed by chanting of slogans, “No implementation of CAB in the north east”, “No enforcement of CAB in Manipur”, “Indigenous people of Manipur must be safeguarded”, “Long live Manipur”, etc. The public protest will continue till 12 noon, he added.
Dilipkumar said that frontal student bodies have already apprised the schools situated in different parts about the public protest which will also cover market places in the hill districts to register a strong protest against the Bill.
Claiming that it was due to the intense protest launched by MANPAC along with the people that Citizenship Amendment Bill failed to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on February 13 last though the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, he asserted that people of the north east still need to stay alert as the second term of Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the centre and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) meeting held recently in Guwahati gave commitments that the Bill would be passed in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament.
It is the BJP-led NDA government at the centre that abrogated Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir recently leading to bifurcation of the state into two union territories. Similar hostile situation might be witnessed in the north east if CAB is enforced, he said.
NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha, who attended the press meet, explained that various forms of protest including rally will be launched in all the north east states on October 3 and in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, people of the states will take out rallies up to their respective CM’s bungalow in condemnation of the Bill while in Mizoram, people will wear ‘Pondum’, a traditional dress wore at the time of demise of a person and they would shout “Death to CAB” and other slogans during the scheduled visit of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the state.