Citizenship-Bill

IMPHAL | Aug 9: Concerned over the scrapping of Article 370 by the NDA government thereby reducing the political status of Jammu and Kashmir recently, all representative CVOs of the seven constituent states of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) today submitted memorandum to NE governors against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for forwarding the same to the Prime Minister.

For the State, Manipur People against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC), which spearheaded the anti-CAB protest and a constituent body of NEFIP, submitted the memorandum to Manipur governor today morning.

Intimating the same during a press meet held today at JCILPS office at Konjeng Hazari Leikai, MANPAC convenor, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar expressed worry that CAB may be implemented anytime in the northeast without considering the aspirations of the people as the BJP led NDA made it clear with the recent scrapping of Article 370 without consulting the public. The political status of Jammu and Kashmir was reduced without any hesitation. As such, the BJP will leave no stone unturned to disintegrate the northeast, he said.

The controversial bill, if enacted, will create demographic imbalance to the already fragile indigenous population of the NE and pose grave danger to the very existence of the indigenes, he said emphasising the memorandum.

The MANPAC convenor further noted that the anti-CAB movement is not confined to Manipur only but is a collective struggle for the whole Northeast. MANPAC, NEFIP and other constituent members will never allow the contentious bill to be legislated, he asserted.

The NE as a whole is facing the consequences of influx of illegal migrants, Dilipkumar pointed out while adding that the demands of NEFIP also include solution to the various problems arising out of the influx of huge number of illegal migrants, implementation of ILP and initiating register of indigenous inhabitants or NRC of all NE states including Manipur.

~IFP

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