IMPHAL, Jan 10 (IFP): “The public and Congress party want to know whether the Citizenship Amendment Bill will not override the Manipur Peoples Protection Bill, we want to know if the future of our State is at stake or not?” said Congress Legislative Party leader Okram Ibobi and that the BJP led government should call for an immediate special assembly session to discuss about the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
The former chief minister briefed media persons at a press conference held today at MPCC office, BT Road. He was joined by other MLAs and top executives of the party.
He continued that the future of the indigenous people of entire northeast will be at stake once this “unconstitutional bill” is being amended. “It is not the time for political parties to engage in blame game with each other but rather put heads together to chalk out solution in the interest of the State. We have no issues working together with BJP or any other party if it is for state issues, but we want a concrete assurance that Citizenship bill will not affect the indigenous population of the State,” he added.
He also mentioned that neighbouring states of Assam, Nagaland, and Meghalaya have already taken a firm stand to oppose the bill tooth and nail. State leaders need to take a strong stand instead of trying to appease the public with fickle statements, he asserted.
He further stated that though India is a federal state but if any bill is passed by parliament, it will not supersede the similar bill passed by state assembly. He asked if putting effort by the state BJP government to take the assent for the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 will not be pointless affair as it would be diluted by the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
MLA of Thangmeiband assembly constituency, Khumukcham Joykishan Singh also appealed Congress to all the political parties especially parties in alliance with ruling government such as Trinamool Congress, NPF, LJP and NPP to stop taking political mileage in this tough situation.
Let us put aside the debate of ‘what congress did and did not in 15 years’ for some time but give priority on ‘how to save Manipur’ he stated.
While urging the ruling government to call for immediate assembly session, he said that the matter is getting very serious. It would be much better to discuss the issue openly in floor of the house so that people of the state aware the dedication and sacrifice rendered by politicians, Joykishan added.