Imphal, January 13:Stir opposing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by various organizations is going on across the state.
A protest rally was jointly organised at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai in Imphal West district on Saturday by several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) like All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Irawat Foundation, COHR, Poirei Leimarol Network and AMOVA and others.
Also, six student organizations like All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) and Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur observed ‘Black Day’ at various places on Saturday.
Several other organizations took to the streets to strongly oppose the controversial Bill and also submitted a memorandum to Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.
The Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Following which, the Bill got stalled in the Rajya Sabha after facing strong opposition from the 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.