Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 21, 2018: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) today protested against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 staging a rally at Keishampat in Imphal.
A sit-in rally was organised by North East Students’ Organisation with AMSU.
The students urged the chief minister to come forward and oppose the bill. A memorandum was prepared on their demand to submit to the chief minister.
Vice-president of AMSU Peter Laishram said, “We are submitting a memorandum to the chief minister to express our dismay and displeasure for bringing the proposed bill.”
He said the illegal immigrants have systemically occupied the government lands, the forest lands, and tribal lands in every state of the NE region. The ethnic communities have suffered politically and socially. The Manipur Accord has promised to evict the illegal immigrants from these areas. And this bill is against the MOU signed between AMSU and Manipur government in the year 1980 and 1994. The indigenous population of Tripura was outnumbered by illegal migrants from the erstwhile East Pakistan and Bangladesh. Tripura has already lost its identity.
The proposed bill is another effort to encourage infiltration of the Hindus from Bangladesh into Manipur and different states of NE region. We should resist creation of another Tripura in any part of the NE region, said the student leader.
Through the memorandum we request our lawmakers, the honourable members d the committee to appreciate our effort to strengthen the secular fabric of the country religion might have played a part at the time of creation of India and Pakistan. But Indian constitution was prepared in a secular framework. Religion was not allowed to play in the part in the making of our constitution. The proposed bill is antithesis to secular idealism of India. The religion was a factor during partition and so religion should be a criterion to decide citizenship is a false notion. And moreover the proposed bill is the latest example that the lawmakers of the country have no regard for our future of Manipur, he added.
The bill should not be adopted by the Parliament under any circumstances. Such and undesirable steps by Parliament would once again agitate the entire region. We all have a responsibility to avoid such potentiality. We request honourable chief minister to come forward to opposed the purposed Bill, said the student body in the memorandum.