IMPHAL | Feb 9
Khwairamband Ima market and its surrounding vendors will remained closed till February 12.
This declaration comes in the midst of mass sit-in-protests today at various parts of the valley area decrying the passing of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and demanding for its unconditional withdrawal.
President of Manipur Keithel Fambi Apunba Lup, Laishram (O) Mema Devi stated communicated this to the media during a sit-in cum public convention held today at Khwairamband Ima Market.
She said people have been agitating against the bill and with the public meeting cum sit-in-protests today, it has resolved that vendors of Khwairamband market will remain shut till February 12 as the central government might bring the issue of bill on February 12. As per the parliamentary report on the said date, women folks will take necessary steps the day after by holding a deliberate discussion with Manipur People against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (MANPAC), she added.
She further said if any shop or vendor is found opened against the resolution, the individual will be boycotted indefinitely.
During the protest, shops in Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar were shut down by the agitating women.
It may be mentioned that the protest was taken up in support of ‘Indefinite on road mass agitation’ against the bill that was launched on February 7 by MANPAC which is a consolidate forum formed by 72 civil organisations of Manipur.
Besides, secretary of Khwairamband Nupi Keithel Sinfam Amadi Saktam Kanba Lup, Th. Rani said governments of Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and others have been opposing the bill jointly but chief minister, N. Biren has been repeating the words the bill will not affect Manipur though the bill is implemented in entire India. If the chief minister can assure verbally then why cannot he guaranteed with a written letter to the people of Manipur that the bill will never affect Manipur, she asserted.
On the other hand chief minister, N. Biren Singh stated yesterday the government will oppose the bill until a clause which mentions that Manipur will not be affected or the Northeast will be exempted, is inserted or assent is given to Manipur People’s Bill,.
He also appealed the people to refrain from hurting the sentiments of other communities during agitations.
Rani further said people have been staying unrest with the passing of bill in Lok Sabha on January 8. The movement will not held back till the bill is completely withdrawn and the state must take necessary steps with the interest of public.
People blocked roads and staged sit-in in various parts of the city.