Student body threatens to demand political autonomy for NE states if Citizenship Bill is passed

By M.Devanand Sharma

Imphal (Manipur), Jan 9 : The Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has threatened to start a movement to demand separate “political autonomy” for the entire north-eastern states if the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.

DESAM says that passing of such a bill in the Lok Sabha is like a countdown to doomsday for the people of the north-eastern states, and questioned the stance of the BJP-led Manipur government over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.

Asking why the BJP, Manipur State Unit and its MP will remained as mere spectators even when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha, Edison asked the BJP, Manipur State Unit to declare its stand and the things that will be done by the party unit in connection with the Bill within two days.

DESAM, issued the statement hours after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, despite vehement protests from the Northeastern states.

“We are all set to launch a political autonomy movement for the North Eastern states by joining hands with various student and civil bodies if the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha.” said N Edison, vice-president, DESAM.

It contended that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is a “venomous Bill” intended to wipe out the indigenous people of the north-eastern states.

On the other hand the Manipuri Student’s Federation (MSF) has also announced to extend full cooperation to any form of movement against the passing of the Citizenship Bill.

The MSF has said the passing of the Bill has made the picture clearer of the prolonged discrimination against and subjugation of the people of the northeastern region meted out by the government of India.

“The government of India has declared a war against the indigenous population of the region. The MSF will not remain a silent spectator to it,” said K Bidyasagar.

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