Imphal, Nov 17: Congress party has started seeking help from like-minded parties to save Manipur as Central government pushes forward Naga talks and CAB.
Manipur fears disturbance of territory and ethnic equations while negotiating with Naga militants. The CAB if passed may destroy the demography and the indigenous people may become minority like it happened in Tripura, Congress leaders said. Former Chief Minister of Manipur & CLP (Congress Legislature Party) Leader Okram Ibobi Singh along with other 13 Congress MLAs of Manipur apprised Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Naga Peace Accord & Citizenship Amendment Bill issues pertaining to Manipur.
The Congress team from Manipur called on the Congress President today, Congress leaders said. The team also submitted a memorandum to Sitaram Yechury, MP and General Secretary of CPI (M) at their Head Office at New Delhi. In the meeting the Congress team urged the Communist leader to extend all the possible help to bring up the issues in the Parliament to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur in the ongoing Naga Peace Accord and also not to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill which is going to be re-introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament.
In the interaction, Mr Yechury assured the team for his full support to the demands tabled by the Congress team from Manipur. The Congress team had already apprised CPI Leader D. Raja. Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, Congress spokesperson, said, "The Congress Legislature led by CLP Leader and former Chief Minister Ibobi Singh is in Delhi to ensure that the people, the interests of Manipur and the state are not affected under any circumstances due to the finalisation of Naga Accord or Citizenship Amendment Bill."
Mr Meitei said that Rahul Gandhi was unequivocally against Citizenship Amendment Bill. (UNI)