As the Winter session of Parliament is set to begin on Monday, the Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) has called for statewide total shutdown opposing the Central government’s move to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the house.
The shutdown call statement was issued by MANPAC convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar to media persons on Sunday at the office of AIMS, Kwakeithel. The total shutdown will be put in effect from Monday midnight till 6 pm of Tuesday, he said.
MANPAC has announced to stage a mass sit-in protest at Khwairamband market on Monday. The agitation was announced following a resolution passed by the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) to resume the mass agitations against the contentious Bill.
MANPAC also threatened to launch agitations against the four MPs of the state if they do not oppose the Bill in Parliament.
The Citizenship (Amendment) bill aims at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries living in the country. It seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan if they have migrated to India due to religious persecution in their countries.
The Narendra Modi government introduced the bill in its previous tenure. But Opposition parties termed the bill “discriminatory” on religious grounds and strong protest against the bill was witnessed in Northeast states, including Assam and Manipur.
The legislation seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims, who have moved to India up to December 31, 2014, thereby increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.
The government, now, plans to bring the bill this Winter session, the second Parliament session since the BJP-led NDA government returned to power after the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said that the bill has been listed along with economic slowdown and Jammu and Kashmir situation among other issues to be taken up this session which will conclude on December 13.
Not only political parties and social organisations, but also student organisations in Northeast states have been strongly protesting against the legislation.