NEIDP demands Govt stand on CAB
IMPHAL, 14th Oct: Acknowledging concern of the public over the Union government planning to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the winter session of Parliament, North East India Democratic Party (NEIDP) state president Dr Ng Bijoy has urged the state government to make a resolute stand on the issue by convening a special session of the state assembly.
Addressing a press meet at the party’s Tera Keithel office here on Monday, Dr Bijoy said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise will be rendered meaningless once CAB is implemented as the indigenous communities in northeast will be overwhelmed by the over 1.5 crore Bangladeshi illegal migrants. There are apprehensions among the people that the Centre might pass CAB in the parliament’s winter session. Considering the situation, the government should convene an all political party meeting to discuss the matter and also take a resolution of the state assembly to oppose the Bill.
Iterating that NEIDP stands against CAB and it had carried out several movements against the Bill, the president recounted that the party was also a member of Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) and its representatives were among the MDA delegation that met the Prime Minister in this regard.
Even though NEIDP is no longer a member of MDA, he affirmed that in-spite of parting ways with the MDA, the party will never go against the general sentiment and aspiration of the people of Manipur which could be comprehended from the NEIDP initiating a signature campaign against the Bill and submitting collective voice of the people to the President of India through the Governor.
NEIDP state vice-president RK Anand said that CAB is a major issue of the northeast states. However, the state needs to know the present status of the Manipur People’s Bill.
The Bill is being kept withheld without granting presidential assent and in the meantime, Centre is planning to implement CAB. As such, the government should put its efforts to get the President’s assent on the Bill before CAB is implemented, he said.
RK Anand further said that India is a secular democratic country with people of different religions living freely.
Despite this fact, BJP is violating the constitution by putting religious colour in granting citizenship, he said while adding that the Constitution provides equal protection to all religions in the country.