Representatives of MANPAC on Sunday called on Chief Minister N Biren to deliberate on the issues surrounding Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The organisation has urged the state government to mount pressure on the central government to not extend the Bill in the Northeastern states.
Convenor of MANPAC, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, in front of chief minister’s secretariat after the meeting conveyed to the media that the group put in place its firm stand against the bill to the chief minister.
According to Dilipkumar, chief minister informed the group that the state government has already sent a proposal to insert a clause in the bill. The CM further informed them that the chief secretary including some authority concerned are putting pressure regarding CAB issue to the centre by stationing at Delhi, he said.
He further said, MANPAC does not demand for adding a clause in the bill. But their demand is that CAB should not be extended in the Northeastern states at all.
He further said four points were unanimously resolved in a joint meeting conducted at the office of AMUCO by 88 civil voluntary organisations which come under the umbrella of MANPAC.
The bill must not be extended to Manipur or any of the other Northeastern states, he said. Taking the movement further towards its ‘consolidation phase’, a public meeting will be organised to protect Manipur and rest of the Northeast India, he added.
The meeting, which was held earlier before meeting the CM, resolved to accept the invitation made by the chief minister.
It was further resolved that the civil bodies under the umbrella of MANPAC should support the further course of agitation resolved by the executive council of MANPAC.
Dilipkumar further said, it is not mandatory for the organisation to hold discussions with the central government regarding CAB, but if the Centre invites MANPAC for participation on discussions concerning the bill, then they will accept the proposal.