Left parties call 12-hour anti-CAB general strike on Dec 19 in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 14 | Publish Date: 12/14/2019 11:50:50 AM IST

Left Parties in Manipur on Saturday announced a dawn to dusk anti-CAB general strike in the entire state to be imposed on December 19 while Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) 2016 (MANPAC) reaffirmed its stand against Citizenship Amendment Bill after reviewing the contentious bill in a review meeting held today with the CSOs.

Addressing a press conference in which leaders of left parties present, CPI Manipur state council secretary L Sotinkumar announced that the general strike was given as part of nationwide protest against CAB by the left parties.

The strike will be effective from 6am of December 19 till 6pm of the same day, he said. 

Leaders of the left parties like CPI, CPI(M), RSP and Forward Bloc attended the press conference held at Irawat Bhavan, Imphal today.

The general strike was given as a joint meeting of the left parties held in Imphal today resolved to launch intense forms of agitations against the CAB, he said.

He alleged that Inner Line Permit regime will protect from CAB was a wrong impression given to the people by the ruling BJP. But, people knew that CAB bears BJP’s agenda of making the country a Hindu nation.

The BJP’s move was an attack to the secular structure of the country and the bill that had converted into Act was anti-constitutional, he went on to allege.

He observed that keeping its agenda of making India a Hindu nation in the fore, BJP had drafted the bill without considering the worse effect to the national integrity in future.

The CPI leader announced that left parties will not take part in a gathering of political parties to celebrate enforcement of ILP system in the state to be hosted by state chief minister N Biren Singh.

“We will not take part in the celebration. It is too early to celebrate the ILP regime,” he said while alleging that the BJP government had put the people of the Northeast in a confused state.

Exempting parts of Northeast states where sixth scheduled and Inner Line Permit system was in force from CAB and covering parts of the region by the CAB showed Centre’s intention of enforcing the Act.

Other leaders of the left parties asserted that it is not the time to remain celebrate for bringing Manipur under Inner Line Permit regime without knowing the evil impact of Citizenship Amendment Bill.

They alleged that CAB is anti-constitutional. Above this, there said there was a ned to review why other states where Inner Line Permit system is in force are raising their voice against Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The left parties also sought the supports of the CSOs of the state opposing the CAB to the proposed 12-hour bandh.

In conclusion, the leaders of the left parties observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls of the people who died in the anti-CAB agitations in Assam and Tripura.

On the other hand, Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC) today reviewed the adaption of ILP regime and impact of CAB with the leaders of the CSOs of the state.

After a thorough deliberation on pros and cons of CAB, the meeting re-affirmed Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment)’s stand against CAB and resolved to continue its anti-CAB protest in the state.

The review meeting jointly presided by Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment)  convener, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, co-convener Amu Kamei and Mangcha Haokip was held at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound.

The meeting strongly condemned “gross violation of human rights” by the security forces while dealing with anti-CAB protestors in parts of Assam and Tripura and resolved to support the cause of the people of these two states and any movement proposed by North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) against Citizenship Amendment Bill.


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