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Manipur women vendors on strike protesting against Citizenship Bill

IANS  |  Imphal 

Thousands of women vendors who exclusively run the three main markets here staged a 12-hour sit-in protest on Saturday demanding a written assurance from the that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, will not affect and other northeastern states.

T. Rani, one of the women vendor activists, said: "The government should issue a written assurance to the effect that when enacted the Bill shall not affect the people of the northeasten states."

However, of the BJP-led P. Saratchandra said: "The Citizenship Act was passed by the Centre in 1955 to save the people in some countries from religious persecutions."

A similar strike was imposed in on Saturday after arrived in Guwahati on Friday to start his two-day visit to Assam, and

There have been nocturnal torch light procession by the womenfolk in many parts of On Thursday, a mass protest was held here.

Several protests against the Bill are being held in the northeastern states ever since it was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8. It is still awaiting the nod of the Rajya Sabha.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 14:18 IST
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