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SDFM backs Cong in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:46:29 PM IST

Reacting to BJP’s manifesto to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, if it comes to power, the Secular Democratic Front Manipur (SDFM), an alliance of eight political parties in Imphal, has decided to support the Congress candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Branding BJP as a communal party, SDFM convenor Th Inaocha alleged that BJP was trying to eliminate the indigenous people of Manipur and other Northeast states by bringing back CAB in its election manifesto.

“The party is trying to destroy the culture and identity of indigenous people of the region. The party has no affection for the indigenous people of the region. The clear example is party’s attempt to implement CAB,” the convenor said while addressing a news conference at Samajwadi Party (SP) office in Imphal.

SDFM is formed by eight political parties - Aadmi Admi Party (AAP), Rashtriya Janhit Sangharsh Party (RJSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Manipur People’s Council (MPC), Janata Dal (S), Trinamool Congress (TC), Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party (DBSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

Inaocha said that one of the main reasons for extending support to the Congress candidates was to prevent BJP from coming to power again at the Centre.

“If BJP comes to power again at the Centre, CAB will be brought back. CAB bears an agenda of wiping out the indigenous people of Manipur and other Northeast states,” he said.

Asserting that SDFM decided to support Congress in the coming election after the party (Congress) agreed to a 22-point agenda of the party, the convenor said that among others, the Congress agreed to stand firm against CAB.

Also, reacting to BJP manifesto, Congress candidate in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency O Nabakishore said that if BJP candidates win the election in Manipur, it will be similar to giving people’s consent to the enactment of the CAB. BJP has affection towards the indigenous people of the Northeast only on word, not in reality. The party was fooling the people only to get vote, he said.

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