CPI opposes bill, Ravi’s statement

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Imphal, June 8: CPI Manipur on Thursday demanded that the Centre withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, sought clarification over Naga peace talks Interlocuter RN Ravi’s statement and criticised the BJP-led Centre over oil price hike.
CPI Manipur leader Moirangthem Nara said granting citizenship to Hindus on the basis of religion, as the bill seeks to do, is an assault on the Constitution.
He said the Naga peace talks and ceasefire agreement between the NSCN (I-M) and the Government was a good step towards maintaining harmony in the Northeast but the sudden signing of a framework agreement between the Government and the NSCN (I-M) in August 2015 without making its contents public and without taking into confidence other stakeholders like the Governments of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had creates doubts.
He said Ravi’s recent statement on formation of a territorial council for Naga-inhabited areas of the neighbouring states of Nagaland has created anger in the region. Nara said the national executive meeting of the CPI held in New Delhi on June and 4 had urged the Government to clarify the matter and make the contents of the agreement public.
He said the party is concerned about the deteriorating economic and political situation, unemployment problems and unbridled hike in the prices of all petroleum products, resulting in rise in prices of food grains, vegetables and other essential commodities.
The CPI will hold an anti fuel price hike day on June 20, he said. (TTNE)