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CAB: Manipur CSOs, pol parties meet Shah

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 3 | Publish Date: 12/3/2019 12:32:19 PM IST

Four Manipur units of national level political parties on Tuesday strongly protested for being excluded from the delegation of political parties invited by Union home minister for a meeting to discuss on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Manipur state Council, Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party (DBSP) were not part of the delegation of political parties. The four parties denounced being left behind. 

A delegation of eight political parties of the state led by chief minister N Biren Singh and another nine-member delegation of Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) left Imphal for New Delhi on Tuesday.

The two delegations will meet at the national capital where they will hold a discussion on CAB with the Union home minister scheduled  for 10.30 pm on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters, president of Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party (DBSP) state unit, Chabungbam Premchandra alleged that the chief minister had invited only the political parties which he can use as “puppets”. 

At the same time, he said that the four political parties were hopeful that delegation of political parties will bring a fruitful solution to safeguard the population of the indigenous population of Manipur.

They further claimed that the presidents of their respective parties had already given assurance to oppose the CAB when it was taken up by the Parliament. It may be mentioned that that chief minister N Biren Singh clarified that political parties part of the delegation were invited by Union home minister and the state government had nothing to do with the list of political parties in the delegation.

Meanwhile, ahead of the scheduled meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah at New Delhi, Communist Party of India Manipur State Council reiterated party’s stand against the CAB.

The party termed CAB anti-secular and anti-constitutional in a memorandum submitted to the Union home minister ahead of the scheduled meeting today.

In a memorandum, the CPI stated any sort of special provision that may be incorporated in the said bill for the state of Manipur will have no effect in protecting and safeguarding the indigenous people of the state.

The indigenous people of the state have already been threatened and the proposed bill may pose a great challenge to the very existence of indigenous people, the CPI stated in the memorandum.

Giving reasons for the party’s stand against the bill, the CPI stated that the territorial boundary of the state is porous and many foreigners have already been infiltrated into the state.

“The need of the hour is to deport and expel such infiltrated foreigners according to the existing law of the land,” it stated. 

The memorandum signed by the state unit secretary of the party L Sorinkumar reaffirmed its position to oppose the proposed bill. 

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