Imphal, Jan 21,
The protest against the controversial Citizen Amendment Bill 2016 has led the state in a perpetual disorder since the 8 of this month. Rallies, sit-ins, public discourse and meeting have become a daily event for the state of Manipur. CSOs, Students organizations, activist, Meira Paibis has been protesting continuously against the CAB to withdraw or to not pass it in Rajya Sabha.
Today also a rally was staged by United Peoples’ Front which started from Keishampat Leimajam Leikai marching towards the Governor’s bungalow. State police forces intervened and foil the rally; the protestors are made to return before reaching the bungalow of Governor.
Speaking to media persons L. Nganbi, Vice President of AMKIL furiously said that the rally was staged to illustrate their strong condemnation against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. She said that the people of Manipur as well as the North East will not accept the policy of the Indian government to dilute the North East indigenous people. She also said that the government should withdraw the CAB.
“If the CAB is passed and becomes an act, not only our state but the whole of the North East will be in a complete chaos”, she added.
If the discrimination and policies to extinct the indigenous population continues then strong decisions to become an independent nation might also be taken, she added.
Earlier a sit-in-protest was also staged at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai Community Hall.
Speaking on the protest former Convener of JCILPS Khomdram Ratan said that the indigenous people will not be there in the near future. Previously the movement was done against lakhs of people trying to settle in the state but now it is in terms of crores of illegal immigrants and refugees on the verge of attaining citizenship. The policy of India is to make the people of the North East to be wiped out by means of population war, he added.
He further said that all the organizations and the political parties should be united to stand against the bill. He said that if they fail to unite with this golden opportunity given by the Indian Government then there will be no future for the state as well as the North East.
He further appealed the people to pressure the political parties and also their respective ministers and MLA’s of their respective constituency.
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.