Imphal, January 8: The streets of Manipur wore a deserted look as two different strikes were called on Tuesday.
One strike was called by the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the other one is a 2-day nation-wide strike called by 10 trade unions against the Centre’s “pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people” policies.
Normal life came to a halt and all business establishments, educational institutes and public facilities including in Imphal city saw a complete shutdown.
Some strike supporters blocked vehicular movement in some areas.
The entire Northeast had observed an 11-hour bandh today from 5 am to 4 pm in protest against the Bill.
The controversial Citizenship Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha today after voting. The Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha today.
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.