18-hour total shutdown against citizenship bill

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 18: Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) has imposed a total shutdown for 18 hours that would begin from Monday midnight opposing the Centre’s move to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament session that would begin on Monday.

MANPAC has also announced to stage a mass protest on Monday.

The winter Parliament session will see over 35 legislations taken up, including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which amends the definition of illegal migrant. The CAB is listed as item number 16 in the business list of the winter Parliament session.

The session will end on December 13.

The total shutdown was announced during a press conference of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) and MANPAC held here on Sunday.

Convener of MANPAC, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said that the Centre is keen on passing the Bill despite strong opposition from the North East region. “It is not the time for the MPs in the state to remain silent,” he added.

NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha said the Centre is introducing the Bill without any changes in the content and without consulting the stakeholders. NEFIP will not remain silent if the central government attempts to pass the Bill which threatens the existence of indigenous people, he added.

The total shut down will exempt essential service such as medical, water supply, electricity, etc.






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