Almost all people in the entire North Eastern states – Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland , Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have strongly oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha. The Bill is passed as BJP, at the moment, is majority in the Lok Sabha. Opposition Party including the Congress Party the Trinamool Congress walked out during the passing of the Bill. More interesting thing is that the alliance partner of the NDA, National People Party (NPP) had openly announced that they are in no way going to support the Bill and if required they may untie the knot with the BJP on this issue of Citizen Amendment Bill.
The day when the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016, was passed, against the opposition from the entire people of the NE people (except some bhaks who are more like the puppet of the Narendra Modi and Amid Shah), almost all North east states, particularly Assam, Manipur and Tripura was turn into Warfield with protestors turning wild.
In Golaghat of Assam, after BJP office was targeted and set on fire by irate protestors, the BJP government of the state used every force against the protestors to appease their leadership at the Centre. In Tripura , police were allowed to use live bullet to control the democratic protest and the firing critically injured some of the protestors. In Manipur, the police actions to protestors remind everybody of the last few decades where cry for justice were suppressed using every means including mock bomb, rubber bullet and tear gas besides, lathi charge.
Actions on individuals who raise voices against the government seem similar to all the three BJP rule states of North Eastern states. Anybody who spoke against the government – either through social networking sites or in public platform are treated as enemy of the state and detained under custody framing charges which were fabricated.
In Assam, few days back a 16 years old boy was detained by the police twice for making a video on You Tube .
What the boy had stated was – “Himanta Biswa Sharma came in News Live. He said that Assam should concentrate on NRC Exercise, not on Citizen Amendment Bill. But We all know that during this exercise, BJP will settle lakhs of illegal Bangladesh in Assam”. The boy also question to Himanta Biswa Sharma, “Are we fools?”
It is clear for the state of Meghalaya. The Chief Minister of the State has made his party’s stand on the issue. A meeting of the party NPP held yesterday had re-affirmed its stand.
The spokesperson of BJP Ch. Bjoy, on the other hand is trying to divert the people of the state saying that , the passing of the CAB is an opportunity for the people of the state as well as the government as the government is getting privilege in giving pressure to the central leadership as well as the President of India to give assent to the pending Bill. One wanders how the Chief Minister said so when he failed to make known the public on how the Manipur Peoples’ (Protection) Bill could subdue the Citizenship Amendment Bill passed by the Parliament. It is somehow relieved that the Bill is yet to pass in the Rajya Sabha. Is Mr. Bijoy , the so call spokesperson the state think that all the people of the state are “FOOLS”. If so, it is better he be consulted with a psychiatry before his mental state get worsen.
Well, to the issue of the Citizenship amendment Bill, it is better to make the people remind on what the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated in 2014 during election campaign. The PM said that after May 16, that is when the election was over the Bangladeshi will pack their bags and run away.
Since very long issues of illegal immigrants has been haunting the North East states particularly in Manipur and Assam. Modi’s speech was taken with due seriousness and the consequence was that BJP was voted to power.
Issues about the illegal immigrant also many times put the state of Manipur into turmoil with people protesting urging the government for framing of legislation. The influx of illegal immigrants had already threaten the existence of the indigenous communities of the state. During early eighties, students body upraised and the state was put under turmoil with the protest reaching its momentum. The agitation was settled only after signing of an agreement with the government of that time and then representatives of the All Manipur Students’ Union, however the unfortunate part is that the content of the memorandum signed between the two have never been converted into reality.
To the leaders of the BJP both at Centre and – Manipur was burnt 2001 when there was a BJP led government in the centre. And this time too when BJP is at the Centre Manipur is likely to burn with another sentimental issue. Make sure that the ugly party of the BJP doesn’t return to this state which was once an erstwhile Kingdom in Asia. Or else people might not left other option than waging war for a separate Independent Country.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.