Smile showing sign of relieve is notice to almost every citizens of the North East people particularly in the state of Manipur as the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 was sidelined and the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die before the Bill is presented in the floor. As per revise business list of the Rajya Sabha the Bill was supposed to be tabled at the RS either on February 12 or on February 13. Having understood the magnitude of the kind of peoples’ uprising almost all political parties representatives including the BJP and almost all Ministers and MLAs including the Chief Minister had flown to New Delhi and remained waited for the outcome. Opposition Congress MLAs including the president of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Party stage sit-in-protest at the National capital for two day preparing to move any agitation if the contentious Bill which had almost burn the entire states of North East India particularly the state of Manipur.
Now the Bill has not been tabled and the Rayja Sabha adjourned sine die, which means that the Bil is lapses as Lok Sabha Election is just months to go. The ‘accidental Chief Minister” of Manipur which was chosen to hold the top post not merely because of his political status in the BJP but because of his luck, has been once more rescued from the wrath of the people of the state. That was not because he and his colleague Chief Ministers of BJP from the NE states got blessing from the central leadership, but the ruckus in the house over issue of Akhilesh Yadav being prevented from attending a meeting at Allahabad by the UP Chief Minister and the protest from opposition over passing of consumers related Bill compelled the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha to adjourned the house and later resumed giving no time for presentation of the CAB 2016. Many Bills were passed and as per what Venkiah Naidu, who is the chairmen of the sitting said that those bill already have consensus between the oppositions and the ruling at his chamber were put up. This indicated that the issue of CAB which was supposed to be tabled by the Union Home Minister has strong oppositions.
CAB is important election agenda of the BJP and also some other political parties in the Hindu heartland of Northern India where the number of MP is much higher in number. The inability to table the Bill is perhaps term as a setback for the BJP, some says but it is a win –win situation for the BJP. The campaigned for the upcoming parliamentary election will be this and BJP is likely to take all advantage of the obstruction given by the opposition political party while trying to pass the Bill.
Another conspiracy theory, that could be speculated is that – if the BJP feels it important to introduce the Bill as the bill is an instrument of returning to power in Northern India, there may be possibility of passing an ordinance by a cabinet meeting. Protest over the passing of the ordinance on CAB like Act will face similar protest for those who oppose it but it will gain more vote bank for the BJP.
And the next drama that we the people will see is speech from both the BJP and Congress trying to to take credit of the peoples’ movement. As for the congress they have been opposing the CAB since a long time back and as for the BJP, it was recently that almost all workers, spokespersons and supporters support the CAB saying that it would not give any impact to the people (as if they know everything).
A Minister was heard saying that CAB will not give any impact to the state and he even said that he will hang himself if it gives impact after passing in the parliament. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also first said the similar word but later talk about inclusion of a clause to exempt Manipur and NE from the purview of the CAB. Today he will talk something which will make people by surprise as all was heard on what he had commented regarding the issue through media.
CAB issue seem to be closed , but people still need to remain alert as there is one more means for the center to pass a similar act by passing an ordinance. Because it is all about parliamentary election 2019.
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.