Imphal/ Delhi, Jan 30
As the BJP led government is preparing for passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 at Rajya Sabha civil bodies and non BJP political parties of the entire North Eastern states have intensified protest against the passing of the Bill.
While sit-in-protest and mass rally were staged at various places here in Imphal under the aegis of the Manipur Peoples’ Against CAB, different students’ bodies including AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK, AIMS and MSAD along with civil society representatives from Manipur today staged a mass sit-in-protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
Political parties of the state had already left for New Delhi to give pressure to the center for exemption of Manipur if in case the CAB 2016 is passed. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also left today to join the Political parties which agreed to go with them.
Source reaching here said that a meeting of all Chief Ministers of the North Eastern state is likely to hold either today or tomorrow to discuss over the issue.
While the Manipur government is all set to give pressure for inclusion of a clause that would exempt Manipur and NE from the purview of CAB, the students’ bodies and civil society representatives are protesting against the passing of the Bill at any cost. Over 100s of students and civil representatives with placards and banner opposing the Bill today staged protest.
Speaking to media persons Chetan Ningthoujam, President of Kangleipak Students Association (KSA) said that the student bodies strongly condemned the passing of the contentious CAB 2016 in the Lok Sabha and said that they will continue protest until the Bill is withdrawn by the BJP.
Chetan also appealed the government of Manipur to take the matter seriously and cautions of unwanted agitation if fail to do so.
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