Imphal, Aug 17,
Regarding the demand for reservation of seats for the indigenous people while contesting election in the 8 Assembly constituencies of Manipur, the Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) today stated that government has silence to all the agreement it reached with the KSA.
“We will now continue the agitation until the demand are fulfilled”, a statement signed by N. Chetan, President of KSA said.
The Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had assured the representatives of the KSA to take up all the needful in filtering out the illegal migrants from the voter lists of the Eight Assembly Constituencies viz. – Thangmeiband, Sagolband, Uripok, Kangpokpi, Sugnu, Bishnupur, Wangkhei and Jiribam and also assured to urge the central government for reservation of seats in the said constituencies for the indigenous people of the state. the Chief Minister also assured the KSA to direct the DCs concerns to look into the matter within three months during the agreement reached on August 25 of 2017 however, even after a year nothing on the issue has been seen taken up by the government, the KSA statement said.
the demands of the KSA are reservation of the mentioned 8 assembly constituencies for indigenous people while constesting for election , to set up a commission for update of the NRC, to enclose a provision that the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 will not be implemented in North Eastern States, to remove the Angami, Ralte, Sema, Simte, Sute from the ST list of the state and to replace the so call Kacha Naga, Any Mizo and the any Kuki tribe by the name of the community.
The statement further said that Article 29 of the Indian Constitution guarantees preservation of culture of the minority. However no authorities are seen taking the matter seriously as the present day Manipur is being engulfed by the outsiders.
In Article 21 (1) (d) (e) all citizens of the country are guaranteed the right to free movement in any part of the country as well as right to residence. However, as per article 19 (5) of the Indian Constitution the state can make laws for the interest of its people. The KSA questioned the government on whether it is the need of the hour to frame a legislation for protection of the people of the state.
As per the “Representation of the people Act 1950” voters registered can be done in three criteria. The voter should be a citizen of India, should be 18 years of age and should be from the assembly constituency where he or she is being registered. However due to insincerity of some people who are taking advantage of the condition voters are added from backdoors which result the rise of outsiders in Kangleipak, the statement said. It added that what is fearing most is the statement of Minister of State , Home Govt. of India Kiren Rijiju during monsoon session of the Parliament on July 26, 2018 at which he stated that all those Hindu Bangladesh who entered the country till 2014 will be considered as Legal and the statement by the Chief Election Commissioner on August 1 regarding the NRC of Assam in NDTV which he stated that even though if a person is included in voter list no matter he comes under the NRC or not he can exercise his franchise created apprehension to the indigenous people. The KSA said Manipur need to formulate a process like NRC to filter out the illegal migrants and added that the KSA welcomes the statement of the vice president of BJP Om Mathur which stated that NRC will be implemented across the country. It said that the KSA had already demanded to establish a Manipur State Population Control Board (MSPC). The KSA also expressed apprehension on the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. The KSA statement also elaborated on the condition adopted by the Meghalaya Govt. for protection of its citizens.