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Guwahati: Taking a precautionary measure against the possible implications of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the state, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday appealed everyone not to sell land to immigrants.

Reiterating his government’s stand, Singh said that he has asked Union home minister Rajnath Singh to exclude Manipur from the jurisdiction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

In a public meeting in Wangoi, the chief minister urged that “one should never sell precious ancestral land to get a simple government job or for owning a car” and further added that the illegal immigrants’ problem could be tackled by not selling land to outsiders.

Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has decided to ask the Manipur government to convene an assembly session against the bill so that Manipur does not come under the jurisdiction of the Bill.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. However, the BJP led central government was not able to table the contentious bill amid massive protests across Northeast.

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