MDA hopes Shah will keep his word on Citizenship Bill

MDA hopes Shah will keep  his word on Citizenship Bill
Amit Shah (File)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 8 | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:42:28 PM IST
Unlike other political parties in the state, Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) on Sunday said that the alliance has faith in the assurance given by Union home minister Amit Shah on CAB.
MDA is an alliance of nine political parties including the ruling BJP and its partners. Leaders of the party were part of a delegation of political parties led by chief minister N Biren Singh who met the Union home minister to discuss on CAB.
Nine leaders of MANPAC also took part in the discussion representing the CSOs of Manipur.
MANPAC as well as leaders of other political parties were however sceptical on the assurance given by the Union home minister to safeguard and protect Manipur’s integrity from CAB 2019 when no detail on Centre’s plan to protect Manipur from CAB was not tabled during the meeting.
The chief minister however claimed that Amit Shah has made his assurance to formulate a mechanism similar to Inner Line Permit (ILP) to protect Manipur while implementing the CAB.
Addressing a press conference at Shiv Sena office, Imphal,  MDA  president N Tombi Singh who is also convener said that the alliance has a reason to have faith in  the assurance given by the Union home minister.
“His (Amit Shah’s) body language suggested that Centre has the willingness to safeguard Manipur’s interest. We do believe him. After all he (Shah) is the home minister of the country and we believe that a home minister will not tell a lie,” he said. 
The MDA convenor then said that “We need to wait and see how far the assurance given by him is converted into work.”
Taking into account the assurance given by the home minister, there was the need to wait  till the bill is introduced in the Parliament, he observed
If no protective clause is inserted and it is passed without addressing people’s demand, MDA and Shiv Sena will fight against the Bill until it is withdrawn, he announced.
Co-convener of MDA, A Khagendra announced that a member of the MDA will file a PIL to the High Court of Manipur regarding the abolition of Inner Line Permit System from the state of Manipur.
He demanded that cabinet of the incumbent government should adopt a decision to revive the ILP system in the state which was abolished in November 18, 1950 by an order of the then chief commissioner of the state.He demanded. That the state Assembly should discuss and pass a resolution to re-introduce the ILPS in the state 
He observed that as the system was abolished by the power conferred to an executive of the state adding that it can be revived by the state government following official procedures.

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