Manipur will be fully protected from CAB apprehension: Biren

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 6, 2019: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) will not affect Manipur and its people in any way and the Union home minister Amit Shah had pointed out two-three options so that Manipur remain protected from the apprehension the outcome of the bill, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said this on Friday.

Biren was interacting with reporters at Imphal airport.  He said he along with representatives of some political parties and civil society organisations met Union Home minister Amit Shah regarding CAB.

The option of protection would be either to revive the permit system that was removed in 1950 by the then chief commissioner Himmat Singh or to extend the Inner Line Permit Act in Manipur that is implemented in Nagaland and Mizoram, he added.

The Union home minister will inform the people at the right time on the right platform regarding implementation of the bill and protection of Manipur from it, Biren said.

After meeting Amit Shah the chief minister on Thursday met the Union defence minister Rajnath Singh who assured that without protecting the North East indigenous people this bill will not be passed.

He appreciated the Prime Minister and Union ministers for their ‘concern for the people of Manipur’. “Their concern for the people is the reason why I can say with authority that Manipur will be fully protected from the CAB’s apprehension,” Biren said.

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