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Manipur Congress MLA accepts CM’s challenge for debate on CAA

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 29 | Publish Date: 12/29/2019 11:56:59 AM IST

A Congress legislator in Manipur on Sunday accepted a challenge for a  a debate with the state chief minister N Biren Singh on CAA and Article 14 of Indian constitution.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh had on Saturday said that BJP were ready to accept defeat if there is a para or a clause in the amended citizenship law that violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. 

The chief minister said this at a meeting of party workers and BJP supporters who took part at a pro-CAA rally held in Thoubal district yesterday.

He said claim that CAA violates Article 14 was nothing but a bogus one made by leftist groups trying to incite unrest in the country. Accepting the challenge, senior Congress leader and sitting MLA Kh Joykishan today said, “As a person who is against the CAA I am ready for the debate at anytime and anyplace of the chief minister,” he told reporters on Sunday.

Kh Joykishan suggested the best platform for the debate would be on the floor of the house of state Assembly where elected representatives of the people discuss issues of the state.

“If the state government was considering a special session of the Assembly to discuss rules and regulations framed by the state government for effective implementation of ILP system, there can be a debate on the challenge put forward by the chief minister, he said.

Kh Joykishan said the  platform can be arranged in manner in which both the ruling and opposition parties can express their views on the subject so that people can aware of the views of the ruling and opposition in a transparent manner, adding that it will be a taste of democracy if the chief minister agreed.

Pointing out that CAA provisions violate provisions of Article 14, the opposition legislator alleged that the CAB 2019 was passed by the Parliament as BJP and its allies took due advantage of its majority in both houses of the Parliament. 

 He said people in other parts of the country, particularly in the major cities were protesting against the Act as it was anti-Constitutional and undermined the secular structure of the country. He however pointed out that in Manipur and other states of the NE region, indigenous people protested against CAA as the Act was another threat to the already threatened demography of the region. 

Their fear being thrown out of their own land and government must respect the right to speech and expression of the people, he said. 

Kh Joykishan lamented the incumbent government in the state has been actively engaging in threatening leaders of CSOs and political parties to suppress the voice of the people against  CAA. He  cited  the arrest of state CPI leader L Sotinkumar.

“ It is nothing but an act of a dictator. There is no place for dictatorial government in a democratic country. People will not accept it” he added

He said threatening and intimidating of leaders of CSOs and political parties will not supress the voices of the people against the CAA but add fuel to burning fire.

Kh Joykishan  observed the chief minister who was against CAB is now speaking in support of CAA, thereby compromising his own integrity. He opined  it could be to  allay apprehensions but stated that people know his reason behind favouring the Act.

The Congress leader then called upon the people to stand united to defeat the ‘fascist BJP backed by RSS with its agenda of making India a Hindu nation and to save the secularism structure of the country.’

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