As part of the total shutdown called by MANPAC, sit-in protests were held in several parts of the State to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
In a sit-in protest held on Tuesday at Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai, secretary of Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai Apunba Meira Paibi, Yengkhom (O) Sanatombi said to the media that the government must understand why the womenfolk are staging sit-in-protests by withdrawing one working day though despite being the bread earner for their families.
MLAs are elected by the people and they should raise the people’s voice not plan strategies at Delhi for their own benefits, she said.
She said the protest is organised for the protection of the State’s territorial integrity and to
save the indigenous’ rights of Manipur. People are having many grievances, if CAB is passed in the ongoing Parliament session, northeastern states including Manipur will be affected by the population influx of immigrants, she said.
Further, she said MLAs are the representatives of the people and they were elected by exercising the democratic rights of people. They should be the mouthpiece of the people in times of need, she added.
Sanatombi continued the MLAs should give their contribution during their terms by defending the passing of CAB in the parliament session. She said CAB must not be reintroduced on the floor of the ongoing parliament session, else, intensified movements will be carried out and a second Nupi Lal might occur in Manipur, she warned.
Protestors in the sit-in protest held placards which read: ‘Will CAB not affect the family of the 60 MLAs’, ‘ Give peace not pieces’, ‘CAB must not be implemented in northeastern states’, ‘We oppose CAB’ and others.
Similar protests were also seen at different parts of Imphal.