Chief Minister credits people of Manipur for united effort against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Imphal, February 13, 2019 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh today congratulated the people of Manipur after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House was adjourned sine die without the bill being tabled today. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was listed in the ‘Legislative Business’ for today scheduled to be moved by Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.

Chief Minister currently stationed in New Delhi with 11 other political parties of the State stated that it is a collective victory for the united voices which rose against the passage of the bill in the Upper House. He gave credit for the successful opposition to the bill to the meira paibis, students’, NGOs and different political parties for their concerted democratic protests.

Expressing gratitude to the NDA Govt led by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for acknowledging the sentiment and listening to the voices of the people of Manipur and the North East, the Chief Minister stated that it reaffirms Central Government’s commitment for welfare and development of the entire North Eastern region.

The Chief Minister also stated that during his meeting with Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday, Rajnath Singh had (unofficially) assured that the bill will not be tabled without the consensus of the people of the North East.

Stating that internet ban and curfew was imposed as preventive measure to maintain public order the Chief Minister appealed to the people of the State to continue its focus on the developmental work in the State. He said the Government is committed to continue developmental activities in the hills and the valley and sought full cooperation from the people. (DIPR)

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