Imphal, Jan 20,
Civil Society leaders of the state has urged the chief ministers of all the North Eastern State to make their stand clear on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
Sunil Karam, President of United committee Manipur during a public discourse held at Manipur University Centenary Hall today said that the seven chief ministers of the north East need to take a clear stand regarding the contentious Citizenship Amendments Bill or else there will be no future for the people of the North East states.
The Public Discussion on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 was organized by AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS.
Sunil Karam further said that the CAB 2016 is a wakeup call for all the people of the North east States. The need of the hour is to stand together and fight the Bill, he added. He also said that even if a clause for Manipur is added in the Bill it will be no use in maintaining the demographic balance of the state.
He also said that different agitations and movements against this bill has been doing and if the government passes the bill neglecting the peoples sentiments, a firm stand and decision for the entire North East should be taken to make a future for the states.
Former President of UCM, Johnson Elangbam while speaking on the occasion said that the government should not mixed up CAB with the Manipur Peoples Bill. The Manipur Peoples Bill is a state legislative mechanism and cannot withstand the tsunami to be impacted by CAB. And they should not compare the two, he added.
The controversial Bill is a bill with the motive of electoral politics. This electoral politics will have a great impact on the people of North East, he added.
He said that concrete steps should be taken up to know the illegal migrants and immigrants and also a white paper regarding the identification of migrants and immigrants should be made. And he also said that the North East people should stand firmly with only one objective to withdraw the bill.
The function was attended by RK Bobychand, Johnson Elangbam, Chinglen Maisnam, Ningthouja Lancha, Dr. Mangoljao Maibam and Somorendro Thokchom as resource person and dr. Lokendro Arambam as the moderator of the function.