Exempt Manipur from Citizenship Bill: Biren Singh appeals Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, January 13: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh urged the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to show respect to the Manipur People’s (Protection) Bill, 2018 and keep Manipur outside the ambit of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The People’s Protection Bill was passed on July 23, 2018 during the fifth session of the eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The controversial Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. However, the bill was stalled at the Rajya Sabha on January 9 following strong opposition from the Congress, Trinamool Congress along with other parties.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

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