Student bodies sprearhead protest against CAB

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 19th Jan: As part of the ongoing agitation launched by six student bodies of the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, sit-in-protests were staged at different parts of the state Saturday.
Spearheaded by AMSU, DESAM, MSF, KSA, SUK and AIMS, large number of women staged sit-in-protests at Ghari Awang Leikai and Keishampat Keisham Leikai community hall.
A woman who took part in the protest at Ghari Awang Leikai told media persons that CAB is the first step of BJP to uproot the indigenous people of the North East. The Bill was taken up intentionally by BJP and its allies to realise the long dream of RSS to convert India into a ‘one religion, one language’ nation. It is very unfortunate that the BJP led government in the state is still reluctant to take a firm stand against the Bill, the woman said and called for a united struggle to ensure withdrawal of the Bill.
The women protesters shouted slogans like ‘Go back RSS’, ‘Down down Central government’, ‘Down down Narendra Modi’, ‘Long live North East’ at both the protest venues.
Iramdam Kanba Apunba Lup (IKAL) in association with AMSU, DESAM, MSF, KSA, SUK and AIMS also  organised a sit-in protest against CAB at Mapari Ningshingkon, near Uripok Cheirap court on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Manipur Secular Democratic Front (MSDF) has demanded convening of a special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly to take a firm stand against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 maintaining that chief minister N Biren alone cannot stop decision of the NDA government.
The CAB had already been passed by Lok Sabha though it is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha and hence there is no way the state chief minister could stop decision of the BJP led NDA government, MSDF spokesperson S Iboyaima, who is also president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). NCP is part of the MSDF formed by various political parties of Manipur.
Addressing media persons at Trinamool Congress Manipur unit office at Mahabali Saturday, Iboyaima said political parties of the state must collectively pressurise Central government as state chief minister alone cannot stop decision of the BJP led NDA government. The CM also needs to translate his words into action regarding CAB and pressurise Central government collectively with political parties by taking a firm stand through convening a special session of state legislative assembly.
While lauding chief minister N Biren’s effort in convening meetings with CSOs and student leaders, the NCP state president said that political parties of the state should be allowed to take part in issues concerning the state. He also pointed out that NDA government is not under N Biren and the state CM could do nothing against the decision of party’s central leaders.
The NCP leader also expressed concern over state government’s plan to legalise liquor distillation amidst rice scarcity while maintaining that price of local rice has touched Rs 40 now and NSFA rice meant for poor people are available at markets at the rate of Rs 30 in the peak harvesting season of Poinu month of Manipuri calendar.


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