Mnp state BJP thanks Shah for ILPS

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 10 | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:18:29 PM IST
Ruling BJP in Manipur continued to celebrate Amit Shah’s announcement of bringing back Inner Line Permit system in the state on Tuesday even as people paid rich homage to a student who sacrificed his life during the agitations demanding implementation of ILPS in the state.
The ruling BJP in the state has been celebrating the Centre’s announcement of re-introduction of ILP system in the state and excluding the state from the ambit of CAB since Monday after Union home minister Amit Shah made the announcement in Parliament. 
Hundreds of BJP workers and supporters took part in a public thanksgiving event which included a mass rally attended by chief minister and his cabinet ministers including from other partners of the coalition government and further a meeting at BOAT in Imphal’s Palace Compound.
The mass rally on the street kicked off from BJP state unit head office at Nityapat Chuthek near Raj Bhavan and culminated at the BOAT where chief minister, his cabinet ministers and leaders of coalition partners addressed the gathering.
BJP workers and supporters chanted slogans praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and chief minister N Biren claiming that they were behind fulfilling  the state’s long cherish dream of implementing ILPS in the state.
In his address, chief minister N Biren Singh proudly declared that BJP was the only national level party that knew the pulse of the people of the state.
A Singh said, “Once we (BJP) said,  we delivered. Once we promised, we delivered. We never left undone any promises we kept.”
While praising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister at his best level, the chief minister also credited the achievement (re-introduction of ILP system) to the people of the state, recalling the long history of people movement for implementation of ILP system.
He claimed that ILP system was more powerful than Manipur People Bill 2018 which was passed by the state Assembly for protection of indigenous people of the state and is  pending assent of the President of India.
He said Manipur People Bill was a bill only to check entry of illegal migrants while ILP system was a mechanism which will “totally protect” the indigenous population of the state. Besides, as announced by Union home minister, Manipur will be outside the ambit of the CAB. So, there was no need of fearing granting citizenship to any person from outside in the state.
He said that the state achieved two goals at one time and thanked the Central leaderships for the priceless gifts of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. He hoped that Centre will fulfil all  desires of the people of the state.
NNP leader and state deputy chief minister Y Joykumar also praised the BJP leaders at the Centre for their concern for the people of the state.
He hoped that Centre will solve all the issues of the state in the interest of the people of the state saying that BJP leaders were well aware of problems faced by the people of the state.
He appealed to the people of the state  to have faith in the Central leaders reminding them that Union home minister Amit Shah has assured them that Manipur’s interest will be protected while resolving the Naga political issue.
He reiterated that while giving his assurance, Amit Shah assured consulting stakeholders of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh before finalising the agreement to be signed with the Naga groups.
“There is no need for demanding a written assurance. Let’s have faith on his (Amit Shah’s) assurance,” he said, claiming that the Union home minister kept the assurance he had given on CAB.
MLA and NPF state unit president Awangbou Newmai observed that as Manipur is a state where different communities are  living together, there is the need for protecting the interest of all communities.
He was happy with the Centre fulfilling  a long cherish dream of implementing ILP for  people of the state.
He then appealed the people to stop resorting to any strike, bandh or blockade without prior consultation with the state government, reminding them not to forget that there is a government of the people in the state too.
Meanwhile , a large number of people including leaders of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), the apex body of CSOs and students bodies spearheaded the movement for implementation of ILPS in the state paid homage to the memorial site of Sapam Robinhood, who died during the course of ILP movement in the state in 2015.
Robinhood, a student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, Imphal died due to critical injuries by tear gas shell fired by police towards a group of students in a protest rally demanding ILPS in the state.
The JCILPS had given him a title of  “Lamjing Meira of ILPS” (Torch bearer of ILPS movement) and a memorial was developed at Awa Ching in Imphal East district where he  was buried after the state government agreed to enact an Act to protect indigenous people of the state by checking entry of migrants into the state.

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