MANPAC to intensify agitations against CAB

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 7 | Publish Date: 12/7/2019 11:48:00 AM IST

Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) on Saturday announced a series of protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 which will  commence from December 8.

A statement of the apex body said that there will be protests against CAB across the Northeast from December 9, the day the bill was rejected by the people of the region, till tabling of the same in the house of parliament for discussion and passing.
MANPAC will also join the NE-wide protest by imposing shutdown from 1am on December 9 till 3am on December 11, the statement said while also appealing  the people to suspend their daily chores during the bandh period and join the protest.
The decision to launch the mass agitation was taken by a meeting (Emergency Leaders Meet) of leaders of CSOs, student bodies and political parties hosted by MANPAC at AMUCO office in Imphal on Saturday.
A statement further appealed to the people to come out onto the streets on December 8 and 9 and protest against CAB by chanting slogans.
Earlier, the meeting hosted by MANPAC reaffirmed Manipur’s opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. The meeting included leaders of various student bodies, CSOs including women bodies, and members of political parties.
After a thorough deliberation on the  possible impact of CAB 2019 in the Northeast region,  members in the meeting passed a four-point resolution.
The first point reaffirmed MANPAC’s stand against extension of CAB in Manipur as well as in the Northeast region of India.  The second point urged MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha from Manipur to oppose the bill. They were urged to walkout when the bill is introduced in the Parliament and not to participate in the discussion for passing the bill.
The meet further resolved to submit a joint memorandum to Manipur Governor opposing the bill. 
The leaders of CSOs, student bodies and political parties unanimously resolved to extend all kinds of support and cooperation to the movement against the bill spearheaded by MANPAC.
The leaders meet initiated tabling of a detailed account of recent meeting between nine-member delegation of COCOMI and union home minister in the presence of a delegation of political parties led state chief minister N Biren Singh.
Union home minister Amit Shah did assure protection of Manipur from CAB but he or any other concerned officials attending the meeting did not elaborate on the mechanism to protect the state from the impact of CAB, COCOMI leaders who were part of the delegation relayed. 
MANPAC has asserted its firm stand against extension of CAB in Manipur and other Northeast states, they added.
Meanwhile, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on Saturday announced a 15-hour total shutdown in the state on December 10.
Addressing a press conference, AMSU president in-charge Laishram Athouba said the total shutdown called for as part of NESO’s NE-wide shutdown call. AMSU is a constituent of NESO.
On Friday, NESO declared an 11-hour bandh across Northeast on December 10 to protest against the Central government's move to implement the contentious CAB despite strong protest across the region.
The president in-charge said that the student body was aware of the hardships and inconveniences that would be caused by the total shutdown call to the people.
However, they have no other option as the Centre’s move to implement CAB was a question of existence indigenous people of the region.
“India government must know that NE states are not dumping ground for illegal migrants,” Athouba said.


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