A viral audio record of a telephonic conversation between two politicians which reveal Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had finally signed against the CAB, 2016 to the memorandum submitted to the Union Home Minister along with other political party is perhaps a good news. Not because the signing to the memorandum which strongly demanded withdrawal of the CAB will stop the BJP led government at the center in making their effort of passing the Bill but because the people of the state felt that the stand of the Chief Minister is beyond the party dictate and if it happens so N. Biren Singh deserves appreciation from all the people of the state. But why the telephonic conversation is making viral some vested interested people instead of directly taking it to the newspaper or electronic media. The later part of the conversation between the two politician at which one seem to be camping at Delhi and another at Imphal confuses the listener as the one camping at Delhi seem to have stated that while meeting the Union Home Minister, the assurance given to them was that – the contentious Bill will not affect the North East States of Manipur. This means that the government at the center is all set to work out everything to pass the Bill despite the strong protest from all political party team of the state which was led be the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh of the state of Manipur.
Again news report appeared today in connection with the meeting of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the N. Biren Singh led team from the state of Manipur was total contrast . As per reported in almost all newspaper here in the state the political party team led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh urged the Union Home Minister to insert a safeguarding clause in the CAB 2016 before it is place in the Rajya Sabha so that there is adequate safeguard for protection of the indigenous people of the North East states in general and Manipur in Particular when the Bill become an Act. It is also reported that the team welcome the clarification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs which stated that the final decision to grant citizenship to immigrants would rest with the state governments concern.
As per the newsreport the stand of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in regard of the CAB still stand unchanged. And it is still not clear on why a telephonic conversation between two politician which says that N. Biren Singh had agreed to oppose the Bill and signed along with other political parties in the memorandum submitted to the Union Home Minister.
This column has time and again argued the rationale behind justifying the bill saying that it will be exempted to the states of North East and that the people of the land will be protected.
Knowing the fact that the contentious CAB Bill had already passed in the lower house of the parliament, it is known to almost everyone 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.
Now this paper calls on the two politicians who spread their telephonic conversation through social media to clarify their motives of trying to make their conversation viral. This paper also know the name of the two politicians but due to ethical reason we withheld their names.
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.