CAB protests on, students boycott R-Day
IMPHAL, 17th Jan: Protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 by different organisations continued Thursday at different places of the state.
Apunba Khuman Lampak Street Vendors, Autorickshaw, Van & Shop owners organised a sit-in protest against the passage of the bill by the Lok Sabha recently at Khuman Lampak on Thursday. Shops along the stretch of Chingmeirong Khongnang Ani Karak and Nagaram also participated in the protest. The protesters termed the bill as a policy of BJP to convert the northeast region into its vote bank and pledged to support agitations launched by civil societies and student organisations against the bill.
Different clubs of the area around Sagolband Moirang Hanuba also organised a sit-in protest at Moirang Hanuba Keithel on Thursday. Similar protests were also organised by clubs and Meira Paibi organisations around Eastern Motors Chingmeirong, Bamon Leikai Mange Makhong and Checkon Keithel.
Amid the on-going protests, representatives of AMSU, DESAM, KSA, SUK, AIMS and MSF met chief minister N Biren over the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 Thursday.
During the meeting, CM Biren expressed his dissent against the bill and assured to do the needful for addressing the concern of the public. However, the student leaders reportedly told the CM that they will continue launching agitations until the bill has been revoked.
The student activists responded to the third invitation sent by secretary to CM N Geoffrey to discuss the issue. The two earlier invitations were extended on January 14 and 16.
Advisors, presidents and general secretaries of the six student bodies were part of the team that met the CM. Education, works and CAF&PD ministers were also present during the meeting.
The centre's move to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was also denounced in the form of staging protest demonstrations in Thoubal district.
Members of different civil society organisations staged sit-in-protest at Thoubal market demanding enactment of Manipur People's Protection Bill as law and declaration of state government’s stance on CAB.
Members of All Thoubal District United Clubs Organisation (ATDUCO), Khunai Kanba Apunba Meira Pàibi Lup (KHUKAMPAL), Kanglei Women Welfare Association (KWWA), Thoubal Keithel Apunba Nupi Lup, MSF and DESAM took part in the protest during which Committee on Human Rights (COHR) chairman Phulendro Konsam and AMUCO general secretary S Sanjoy addressed the gathering.
In denunciation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, students of Johnstone Higher Secondary School declared boycott of programmes and functions of the Union government.
In a state where Sapam Robinhood sacrificed his life for protection of indigenous communities and where laws for protection of the indigenous population is being demanded by the people, implementing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which will exterminate the indigenes is a strict no-no and until it is withdrawn the school's students will not participate in any programme associated with the Central government, announced Johnstone Higher Secondary School Students' Union secretary Ningthoukhongjam Nobinchandra.
Addressing media at the school campus Thursday, Nobinchandra contended that CAB 2016 is a Bill based on religion and in pursuance of its ‘one nation, one religion’ policy, BJP is trying to dilute identity of the indigenes by turning everyone into Hindu, he alleged.
Students of the state have been keenly participating in the agitations for protection of indigenes and for which Sapam Robinhood laid his life. As such attempt to implement CAB is an insult to the people, he added.
Nobinchandra reiterated that until the Bill is withdrawn, they will not participate in any event of the Unin government, including the upcoming Republic Day celebration.
He further said that in no condition the Bill could be accepted, and all the political parties should stand up against the Bill instead of indulging in mudslinging. The chief minister should also take a resolute stand against the Bill before its implemented rather than reacting after it is enforced, the secretary suggested. To protest CAB 2016, NEIDP announced that it will conduct signatory campaign in the North Eastern states against the controversial Bill and a memorandum will be submitted to Prime Minister and President.
In a statement, North East India Development Party (NEIDP) informed that on Wednesday a special meeting of Central Working Committee (CWC) executive members and advisor of the party was convened to discuss party strategy, political programmes and raising of fund as well as outrage against the Bill across the NE region.
During the meeting, the members present resolved to conduct a signatory campaign across the north eastern states by NEIDP units in the respective NE states and submit a memorandum to PM and President. The members present also resolved to conduct awareness programme relating to election for voters, to instill a sense of nationalism by organising mobilisation of resources and to hold meetings with local elders and leaders in each and every constituency. Moreover, the meeting resolved to conduct career counselling for youths, added the statement.