Imphal, Jan 25,
5 major civil society organization of the state today announced ‘boycott’ of the Indian Republic Day to be celebrated tomorrow the 26th January , 2018. The boycott is being called against the Citizenship Amendment Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 and has been waiting for passing at Rajya Sabha.
“The Citizen Amendment Bill , 2016 which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 is nothing but an agenda to extinct the indigenous people of the state”, Sunil Karam , President of the United Committee Manipur (UCM said during a meeting held today afternoon at the premises of the UCM. Leaders of All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO), Ph Devan, Committee of Civil Society Kangleipak (CCSK) (Jeetendra Ningomba) , Hericoun –L. Ratan and Ratan of Leepun also attended when the President of UCM Sunil Karam announced Boycott of Indian Republic Day to the media persons.
The decision to boycott the Indian Republic Day is unanimous consensus of the civil society organizations of the state to protect the entire region of the North East states of India, Karam said.
The UCM President further said that the Civil Society organizations will also convene a public meeting at the conference Hall of Sangai Hotel on Jan 28, 2019 to discuss the course of action for forcing the central government to withdraw the Bill. The public meeting initiated by the 5 civil society organization will work out to form a committee for strengthening the agitation against the Bill which is designed to extinct the indigenous people of the state.
The civil society leaders also appealed the people of the state to stage protest instead of attending the republic day by shouting Slogans – ‘Withdraw Citizenship Amendment Bill’ and “We condemn the Republic day Celebration of India”.
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