Fresh protests in Manipur against Citizenship Bill

The protestors in Manipur, as well as Assam, fear the Bill might be tabled and passed during the ongoing winter session of the House.

Published: 08th December 2019 06:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th December 2019 06:16 PM   |  A+A-

Citizenship Amendment bill

Protesters shout slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

GUWAHATI: A series of fresh protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 were launched in Manipur’s Imphal Valley on Sunday.

People came out in large numbers in many areas and shouted slogans denouncing the Bill which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to “persecuted” immigrants belonging to six non-Muslim communities who migrated from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to make a statement on the controversial Bill in Parliament on Monday. The protestors in Manipur, as well as Assam, fear the Bill might be tabled and passed during the ongoing winter session of the House.

ALSO READ | Lawmakers face wrath of protestors in Assam

The Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC) is spearheading the protests in the Imphal Valley. Opposition Congress, Left parties and other political parties have already issued statements rejecting the Bill.

“Demographic invasion and elimination of the indigenous people of Manipur and the Northeast will be possible only when the Citizenship Bill becomes an Act. Through this Bill, the BJP is sowing a seed to implant a non-Manipuri as the Chief Minister of Manipur, with half of the MLAs as non-Manipuris, by 2037,” the Congress in the state said in a statement.

The protestors have announced that all activities would be suspended from Sunday midnight to December 11, 3 am.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp