The Manipur Peoples Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC), a conglomerate of over 70 civil bodies, declaring Tuesday as ‘doomsday’ urged the people to intensify their agitation against Citizenship Bill. MANPAC’s appeal comes in the wake of the 36-hour cease work strike called by another umbrella body the People Alliance Manipur (PAM) which will end on Tuesday evening.
The cease work strike in protest against the Bill that started from Monday morning have paralysed life in the state.
Despite prohibitory order under 144 Cr.P.C. imposed in Imphal to prevent any untoward incidents, protesters enforced road blockade in different parts of the Imphal during the cease work strike. Mass sit-in protest and rallies were also organised across the state. However, the strike remained peaceful. Business establishment, educational institutions were closed even as public transportation services remained suspended.
Meanwhile, declaring Tuesday as ‘doomsday’, Yumnamcha Dilip convenor MANPAC, urged people to intensify the “On road indefinite mass agitation” launched by the body. MANPAC launched its agitation last Thursday demanding unconditional withdrawal of the citizenship Bill, causing frequent disturbances of traffics in Imphal. The agitation has entered its fifth day.
Dilip said that people are apprehensive that bill could be passed in the on-going session of Rajya Sabha. Moreover, the stand of the BJP Government with regards to the Bill is not yet clear.
“There is a probability of passing the bill as supplementary Bill at any time, therefore, the people of the state must be on alert all the time and intensify the agitation till the bill is completely withdrawn”, said Dilip. He also urged the Congress party to ensure that the Bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha to avoid the wrath of the public.