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2 strikes paralyse normal life in Manipur

IANS  |  Imphal 

Two different strikes paralysed life in on Tuesday.

One strike was called by the (NESO) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The second was the two-day nationwide strike called by 10 trade unions against the Centre's "pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people" policies.

All educational institutes and public facilities including in Imphal city wore a deserted look.

Buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles went off the roads. Shops and busisnesses were shut.

Some strike supporters blocked vehicular movement in some areas.

Responding to the NESO strike, Manjit Sarangthem, of the All Students Union (AMSU), said: "The opening of the floodgate to the minorities in countries like Pakistan, and will result in swamping the indigenous people in the northeastern region.

"The elected members in should make their stand clear. Their counterparts in Meghalaya, have made their stand clear. The AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) had withdrawn support to the BJP-led government in "

Sarangthem recalled how had said on May 21 last year that the Bill was for only and it will not impact Manipur.

But "since then, there is a defence mechanism here", he added.

Sarangthem warned that the AMSU will launch various forms of agitations if the state's Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government does nothing tangible to protect the indigenous peoples.

Meanwhile, claimed that employees of the LIC, post offices and BSNL have also extended their support to the two-day strike.

Security steps were beefed up near all BJP offices in Manipur.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:38 IST