Congress slams BJP promise over citizenship bill

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 9, 2019: Manipur Pradesh has drawn attention of the people on the BJP’s promise in its manifesto to bring  back the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The BJP manifesto says the party would ensure the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament with utmost respect to every state’s cultural values.

“How can our cultural identity be protected when the bill that allows immigrants to settle in our region is enforced,” Hemochandra said at a news conference held at Congress Bhawan today.

Seeing the BJP manifesto we feel worry what will happen to the future of Manipur. The BJP’s promise for the bill is a very dangerous trend, he added.

The fight between Congress and BJP is not a political fight; it is a fight about existence and ideas,” Hemochandra said.

The BJP leaders speak of protection of indigenous people of Manipur saying that the bill will not affect Manipur. “It is blatant lie. It is a cheat and insult to the people,” he added.

BJP Manipur unit vice-president Jyotin Waikhom yesterday said the party will take the sentiments of the people of the Northeast region while passing the bill. BJP has already made it clear that the bill will be passed after taking political consensus, he added.

The BJP talks of national security on one side. On the other side, it tries to destroy the Northeast states where different communities live, Hemochandra, said.

People of the region have been opposing the bill and agitated against it. While the people are voicing for protection of indigenous people the promise to bring  back the citizenship bill is very shocking, he added.

“We totally oppose the bill, but BJP favours the bill. Please see the sensitivity,” he said.

Hemochandra said, “We have our commitment to review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.”

He said Congress is blamed for the imposition of the army Act by BJP. The BJP has been in power at the Centre for five years and in the state for two years. “Why don’t BJP government repeal the Act?” Hemochandra asked.

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