Political workers threaten dire consequences to the people of Heirok on February 13 evening, if fails to attend grand reception programme of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Education Minister Th. Radheshyam. Reason both have succeeded in collapsing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 from passing at Rajya Sabha. Video record showed supporters of Education Minister Radheshyam roaming in the streets of Heirok using load speakers.
On the following day large number of BJP supporters organised a grand reception programme at Hatta Kangjeibung and celebrated on the Union government inability to present the Bill for passing at Rajya Sabha. After the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha adjourned the session sine die without making any chance to table the Bill, it become lapses and the worried face of all the entire people of North East States showed smile on their face. But as the people of Manipur as aware of government policy not all celebrated as there is a chances of passing ordinance of a similar act with that of the CAB. MANPAC and the PAM which has been spearheading the agitation against CAB had appealed to remain alert as they still have apprehension of passing it by the Union government using any means.
Well, from the time that anti- CAB protestors started talking about the probable impact that would give to the state of NE in general and Manipur in Particular, the BJP had always been defending saying that the Bill if converted in Act will not harm anything to the state of Manipur. Chief Minister N Biren Singh had stated that those talking about the Bill should go on and study the content of the Bill. His previous stand was that the Bill will give no impact in the state of Manipur as his government will urge the President of India to give assent to the Manipur Peoples’ Bill passed by the State Assembly. Later as the movement against the CAB rises and as he felt that the situation might go out of his hand, he then said that he will urged the Union Government to insert a clause that will ensured to protect the state of Manipur.
When one goes through the content and the motive for introduction of the CAB, it is purely an electoral matter. BJP would have gain a lot of vote back in Northern India particularly at the Hindu heartland block. It does not matter whether the defeat in the Rajya Sabha, the tabling of the CAB is a win-win situation for the BJP.
They really have no interest for the North Eastern State as it has only 25 MPs. The 25 MPs can be neutralized by the MPs from West Bengal which have 42 numbers.
Manipur Burn or not BJP’s agenda was to pass the Bill. As the Bill could not be even presented at the Rajya Sabha during the just concluded session it is a real set-back for the BJP leadership.
The difference is that the situation was taken as a political mileage without having a second thought to the Manipur Pradesh BJP members as they seem to forget that they are celebrating the defeat of their mother party.
Changes in politics of Manipur seem not far as every happening reaches to the leaders within a blink of eyes.
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.