Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi

Imphal: The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Monday asked governor Najma Heptulla to call a special session of the state assembly to assert a unanimous resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on the floor of the house.

The delegation, led by party president T N Haokip, CLP leader and ex-CM Okram Ibobi along with Congress Working Committee member Gaikhangam, pressed for the ruling parties in Northeast to come together in opposing the Bill.

The Congress leadership said that the Centre would hear the voice of the people of Northeast if all the chief ministers voice their opposition to the bill together. Former CM Ibobi said that Mizoram and Meghalaya chief ministers have already opposed the Bill.

While raising concerns about the state’s opposition to the bill, Ibobi questioned, “Will his request be accepted by the Centre when the bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha despite strong opposition by the Northeastern states?”

Earlier, the Manipur government had asked the Union government to exempt Manipur from the jurisdiction of the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Coming down heavily for not giving heed to their demands of an all-party meet, Ibobi said, “We have been asking for an all-party meeting and urging for a special Assembly session. As there has been no response to our demand we approached the governor. We want to help the government take a unanimous resolution in the House to oppose the Bill from passing it in Rajya Sabha in the next session.”

However, the governor informed the delegation that a special session was not a viable option immediately.

The governor, however, told the delegation that it will not be possible to convene a special session immediately as the house ended its proceedings just two days ago.

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