Technique after technique seem to be utilized to calm down the people of the North East states using propaganda by misinforming matters related to contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill , 2016, which the BJP is putting all its energy to pass it at the Rajya Sabha.
When the entire people of the North East states (except the BJP bhaks) opposed the Bill and uproar against its passing on January 8 at Lok Sabha, and when the state of Assam were nearly burnt, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs in an announcement made on January 22 said that consent of the state will be taken before the granting of citizenship to the illegal non-Muslim immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The statement of MHA was term as an attempt to fool the people by a veteran politician Okram Joy Singh. The veteran Politician had stated that CAB, 2019 comes under Union list and saying that consent of the state government will be taken while granting citizenship is unacceptable until a clause on what the spokesperson had assured is added on the Bill.
Later, the Union Home Minister told that the Bill will not affect the people of the North East states. Memorandums after memorandum have been submitted from almost all people of the region except the BJP, urging the central government to withdraw the Bill. Reasons for the apprehension have been elaborated and violation of the constitution to the passing of the Bill has also been pin pointed time and again. But the Union Minister still tame those who meet him – sometime giving assurance that the states of NE will be protected and sometimes justifying the need of the Bill.
Here in Imphal, illogical explanation on the better side of the Bill is being use as a tool to fool the people by some Ministers and the spokespersons of the state BJP saying that – selection of specific communities base on religion and granting them citizen is a real face of secularism. This was stated by the Education Minister Th Radheshyam while speaking to a discussion programme at local cable TV. The oratory skill of Radheshyam got applauses from many and even the Chief Minister of Manipur had in a public speech appealed to listen his speech. While saying so, the Chief Minister seem to have forgotten that he had already announced the people that his government will urged the Central Government for insertion of a clause that would protect the NE States particularly the state of Manipur.
With the speculation that the BJP will use all means to pass the Bill in the Rajya Sabha , civil society bodies from Manipur are stationing at Delhi to stage protest against the passing of the Bill. Congress Party and other political party are also stationing at Delhi to lobby the MPs of political parties to oppose the Bill from passing in the Rajya Sabha.
When people across the reason are spending sleepless night it was only yesterday that an audio record of of a telephonic conversation had spread at Social networking site. The conversation seem to be spread to let the people that the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had agreed to oppose the Bill which was a total baseless . What the Chief Minister had stated was that he would urged the government to insert a clause in the Bill for exempting the state of Manipur from CAB. He never did signed any memorandum which say no to the Bill.
Well, the CAB 2016, was openly back by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind during his speech on the opening day of the interim Budget session.
President’s speech on the opening day of the session is most important that whatever he said is the voice of the government and the parliament cannot make a mockery of the presidential speech.
The report about the Bill, saying that it will not be presented in the ongoing session at Rajya Sabha is nothing but another trick to fool the people of the North East states.
The report also seems rather a strategy to calm down and put the people of the state under their full control so that any uprising against the passing of the Bill could be prevented.
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.