Imphal: Union home minister Amit Shah has assured to safeguard and protect Manipur’s integrity from the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 which is set to be tabled in Lok Sabha on December 9. This was announced by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh upon his arrival from New Delhi on Friday at the Imphal international airport after meeting central leaders on the contentious bill in New Delhi.
“Union minister Amit Shah has made his assurance to formulate a mechanism similar to Inner Line Permit (ILP) to protect Manipur while implementing the CAB,” said Singh.
“I can say with full authority that we will be fully protected from the CAB apprehension,” he added.
I can assure to the people of the state that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, indigenous population of our state will be fully protected from CAB, said the chief minister.
The CM, along with leaders of different political parties, students’ bodies and civil organisations of Manipur, including Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC), met Shah in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The nine-member delegation of MANPAC led by its convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar pressed the Centre that the contentious Bill should not be extended within the purview of Manipur in the backdrop of uncontrollable inflow of illegal migrants from the unfenced bordering areas in the state.
Meanwhile, delegations of MANPAC, who had also arrived in the state on the same day, expressed their discontentment over the meeting with the Central leaders.
“We are not satisfied with such type of indecent action. That’s why we decided to go directly to the Ima market soon after we landed in the state and hold a press conference. However, the state government have given an objection not to perform such type of press conferences,” Dilipkumar said.
“So now, we have shifted to another convenient place,” he added.
The Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha and after it gets a nod there, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha.