Imphal, Dec 8
Octogenarian politician, who was elected six times, as member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Okram Joy said that Dr. Ranjan, as a member of the Parliament can move amendment motion to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 when it is tabled in the Parliament at all the three stages of passing the Bill.
Dr. Ranjan, the MP representing the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency, had urged the Lok Sabha to incorporate a special provision in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) so as to keep Manipur out of its ambit during zero hour on November 28. However, after the Union cabinet cleared for introduction of the CAB , 2019, followed by distribution of the Bill to the members of the Parliament, it is loud and clear that, there is no saving clause to the Bill component when it comes for the state of Manipur.
Talking exclusively to Imphal Times today morning, O Joy said that in parliamentary affairs legislative business is one of the important functions. Now the Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha and following that in the Rajya Sabha , he said.
Elaborating on what can Dr. Ranjan do now as a member of the Parliament, O Joy said, “Every member of the house has the right to oppose a Bill or to move for amendment of the Bill”.
“Dr. Ranjan, being a member of the House has the right to oppose the Bill during introduction stage. He has every right to oppose the Bill on the ground that the Bill will affect the North East states of India”, he said.
“He has the right to move an amendment for insertion of a saving clause like moving for amendment to the clause that stated that this Bill has been extended to the entire country by inserting a sentence like “except for North East States” or “Except Manipur”. Whether his move for amendment will be effective or not, depends to the decision of the House. But as a responsible member of the House he may oppose the Bill. He has every right to move for an amendment to the proposed Bill”, the Octogenarian politician said.
O Joy further said that the process of passing a Bill is going through 3 stages – that is the 1st reading , 2nd reading and Third reading .
The First reading is introduction and the second reading is discussion of the principle and the third reading is consideration of the Bill on clause by clause. Every member has the right to oppose the Bill at any stage.