Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 7, 2018: CPI Manipur demands withdrawal of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, sought clarification over R.N. Ravi’s statement of possible outcome of a Naga territorial council in Manipur and criticised Modi government over oil price hike.
CPI Manipur leader, Moirangthem Nara in a press meet held at Irawat Bhawan, said since the introduction of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Parliament, the situation of Assam gradually is becoming volatile The proposal that non-Muslims especially the Hindus from Bangladesh will be granted citizenship and settled in Assam. India is a secular democratic state. Granting citizenship to Hindus on the basis of religion is an assault on Indian Constitution, added the communist leader.
The NAGA Peace Talk and Ceasefire Agreement between the NSCN (I-M) and government of India continuing since 1997 has been a good step towards maintaining peace, harmony and progress of our country and North East region. However, the sudden declaration of a Framework Agreement between the government of India and NSCN (I-M) signed in August 2015 at the residence of the prime minister Narendra Modi without making the content of the agreement known to the public creates a doubt. It seems that it has not been transparent and without taking into confidence other stakeholders like the state governments of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, says CPI Manipur.
While the government of India had assured of consulting the stakeholders of the three states which had not taken place so far gives rise to suspicion on whether the central government functions with an appeasement policy for a particular racial community. The recent statement of R.N. Ravi, the interlocutor of the Naga peace talk, of formation of a territorial council for the Naga inhabited areas of the neighbouring states of Nagaland has created anger among the people of the region. Therefore, the National Executive meeting of the CPI held at New Delhi in June 3-4 strongly urges upon the government of India led by BJP to immediately clarify the matter and content of Framework Agreement with NSCN (I-M) be made public, said Nara.
CPI is seriously concerned at the deteriorating economic and political situation, unbridled hikes in the prices of all petroleum products resulting in the prices of food grains, vegetables, and other essential commodities, he added.