PAM condemns Amit Shah’s CAB statement

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/19/2019 12:28:44 PM IST

The People Alliance of Manipur (PAM) Tuesday has Tuesday condemned BJP president Amit Shah’s recent statement on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Addressing a BJP rally in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, Shah said that BJP will bring back Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if the party retains power at the Centre. Addressing a news conference in Imphal’s Manipur Press Club, PAM leaders demanded a clarification from the leaders of the state BJP unit. “PAM wants to know whether the Bill is to be brought back in its present format or after rectification to fulfil the wishes of the people of the northeast,” questioned PAM.

Media coordinator of PAM, Md Ravi Khan alleged that Amit Shah’s statement had totally contradicted with the stand of the state BJP and its government. Leaders of the state BJP including chief minister N Biren Singh must clarify on whether they would stand on the side of the national BJP leaders or for the people of the state and northeast, said Khan. Shah’s statement was nothing but an insult to the sentiments of the people of the region and inviting fresh agitations from the people, he said. “Before, the people rose up again, the state BJP leaders, particularly chief minister must declare party’s and government’s stand on national BJP leader’s latest statement,” demanded the PAM leader.

PAM further demanded that Manipur Assembly, in its ensuing budget session commencing from Wednesday, must pass a resolution opposing the Bill in its present format.

“PAM would like to see united stand of all the 60 legislators against the Bill, cutting across party line. PAM would like to send the resolution to the Centre,” he added.

PAM, one of the two conglomerates of CSOs strongly voiced against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill had suspended all protests launched after the Bill was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.  Reiterating that the credit of non-tabling of the Bill goes to the people of northeast states including Manipur, Khan said that the Bill could not be tabled by “Hinduvta fascist BJP” due to ruckus in the house.

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