IMPHAL, Nov 29 - Lok Sabha member from Manipur, Dr RK Ranjan, has called for incorporation of a �safeguard clause� in the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) to keep Manipur out of its ambit, sources said today.
Dr Ranjan raised the issue while drawing the attention of the Union Government during the Zero Hour of the Winter Session of Parliament on Thursday.
The public movement against the implementation of the controversial Bill has been renewed in the North East, including Manipur, after reports said the citizenship Bill has already been included in the business list of the ongoing Parliament Session.
The Manipur MP said in Parliament: �There is a lot of hue and cry in my State of Manipur. They believe that if this law is enacted, there will be a huge influx of migrants into the State. So the people in Manipur are demanding an exemption for the State of Manipur,� he said.
Dr Ranjan also urged the Union Government, particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs, to add an exemption clause for Manipur or a safeguard clause in the proposed legislation.
After announcing resumption of the public movement by the Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, a conglomerate of several civil society organisations in the State, various forms of agitation, including shutdowns, have been held in the State under the initiative of the North East Forum of Indigenous People in the recent past.