IMPHAL, Feb 10 - Eleven political parties in Manipur have formed a new alliance called Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) to campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The political parties said that they will “fight” until a clause for protection of indigenous people of Manipur and North East is inserted in the CAB before introducing it in the Rajya Sabha for passing.
The political parties in the alliance are Shiv Sena, Aam Admi Party, Trinamool Congress, People’s Democratic Alliance, Manipur National Democratic Front, North East India Development Party and Manipur People’s Conference.
The constituents of the new alliance are parties that had recently met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and submitted a memorandum pressing the Centre to insert a safeguarding clause for the indigenous people of the region.
Announcing the formation of the new alliance at a news conference here, representatives of the 11 political parties informed that the parties will launch a series of campaign against the Bill in its present form.
Shiva Sena Manipur unit president M Tombi said that they are waiting for the response of the Central leaders whom they met in New Delhi. He also said that the delegation led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, through a memorandum, urged the Union Home Minister to insert a clause in the CAB before it is placed in the Rajya Sabha, so that there is adequate safeguard for protection of the indigenous people of the North East in general and Manipur in particular when the Bill becomes an Act.