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'BJP will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill again to protect interests of indigenous people'

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

The BJP is committed to protecting the interests of indigenous people against the influx of illegal immigrants, a major concern in which witnessed violent protests against the now-aborted Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the party's candidate from the Inner seat - R K - has said.

Singh said the protests in the state in February this year against the were based on "ill-informed campaigns" and reiterated that his party will curb illegal immigration into through a fresh version of the bill, along with the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country.

"It is clearly stated in our manifesto that we will bring the Citizenship (Amendment) and it already has appropriate measures to safeguard the interests of indigenous people against immigration of foreigners," Singh told here.

He reiterated that "the cannot be implemented without the consent of the states where immigrants are proposed to be accommodated".

Asked about the protests against the bill in the state, he blamed the for carrying out "misinformed campaigns".

"The bill was introduced in Parliament with the approval of a Parliamentary Standing Committee in 2016. At that time, there was a government in Why didn't they raise the issue then and are bringing it up now only at the time of elections?" he said.

On the issue of illegal immigration, he said the BJP has made it clear in its manifesto that NRC will be implemented, as it has been done in Assam, in a phased manner across all the states in the country.

"Once that's done, there will be a complete check on illegal immigrants," Singh said adding people of Manipur need not worry about the influx of illegal immigrants.

On the long-pending demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Manipur, Singh said the state unit of the party has been persuading the Centre to consider Manipur People's Protection Bill which was passed by the state Assembly in July 2018.

The bill seeks to regulate the entry of 'non-Manipuris' into the state. It defines 'Manipur people' as those citizens of who have been living in Manipur before 1951.

The bill proposes registration of the non-Manipuris within a month of its enactment. Thereafter, no outsider would be able to enter the state without a pass. It is yet to be approved by the

Singh blamed the for "letting illegal immigrants enter the Northeast, including Manipur, during its rule for decades" and said his party was only trying to address the issue.

"Illegal immigration of foreigners into was allowed by the Congress and not the BJP," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:55 IST
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