It will not be wrong to guess that even many of the state BJP members would certainly like to oppose the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. But it stands true that even though they want to oppose it, due to fear of losing their position in the party as well as their connection with their master at the center none of the member oppose it. Some who wanted to show their loyalty to their master supports the bill by interpreting it with frame up argument thinking that people will believe in what they say.
The perception of some members of the state BJP would definitely not like the CAB came as even the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh even though wanted to talk against it seems to be not free enough to talk about it or to compliant against it to his master at the center. What he could talk to the public was “will give pressure to the central BJP leader to insert a clause to the Bill giving assurance that the NE states particularly Manipur will be exempted from the purview of the Bill”. Knowing the fact that the contentious CAB Bill had already passed in the lower house of the parliament, one wander on why the Chief Minister tried to fool the people, as it is known that addition of clauses to the Bill should be done before it was passed in the lower house. Besides, it is everybody’s understandings that – it does not matter whether an illegal migrant is not granted citizenship in the state Manipur as per the clause (if suppose), he will be still the citizen of the country and there is no law (as of now) to stop any citizen of the country to enter in this part of the country call Manipur. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the one time champion of Manipur peoples’ right, would have certainly knew the impact , but it seem like the thrust for power compelled him to plan policy to divert the peoples’ movement by saying things which are illogical.
Almost all people (except some few) oppose the Bill, the entire North East state is burning and if the contentious Bill is passed using any means then the entire NE states will be on flame . Brothers and sisters of state BJP should now come out of the womb and joint the peoples’ movement against the bill as there is a possibility that the anger of the people may pour on you.
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.