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Keep Manipur out of CAB purview: BJP MP to Centre

Keep Manipur out of CAB purview: BJP MP to Centre
November 30
11:09 2019

NET Bureau

Anticipating that the government may move the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament before the winter session gets over on December 13, BJP member Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, who represents Inner Manipur constituency in Lok Sabha, has urged the Centre to exclude the state from the legislation’s purview.

During Zero Hour in the lower House, Singh said, “I would like to draw the attention of the Government of India to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that is going to be placed in this winter session… a few days back, it was brought out in media that an exemption from this citizenship law will be given only to those states where the inner line permit system is enforced. That means this law will not be applied in the states of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. Other northeastern states like Manipur shall come under the purview of this new citizenship law.”

Concerned that there is a possibility of non-Manipuri people being included as citizens rather than locals if the legislation is implemented, Singh said, “People are apprehensive. They believe if this new law is enacted, there will be huge influx of migrants.”
Meanwhile, opposition parties urged Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to ensure there are “no surprises” on account of introduction of any legislation. The reference was to the issue of a bill on Article 370 that was introduced in the upper House by home minister Amit Shah without any prior notice.

Source: Times Of India

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