Guwahati, February 13, 2019:

Manipur CM N Biren Singh has now ‘thanked’ the topmost leaders of the BJP administration, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President Amit Shah, as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh for not tabling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 at the Rajya Sabha.

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In a tweet, the Manipur Chief Minister, who runs a BJP Government in the state, expresses that the BJP Government has opted for a “consensus-driven approach”, referring to the mass protests against the Bill in the Northeastern region. “We deeply appreciate your affection for NE” he states.

One cannot feel that the Manipur CM is trying his best to cover for the blunders of the topmost leaders of his party. Despite Biren Singh’s suggestion that it is the Government which has refused to table the Bill over concerns for the Northeastern people, it has been clear from the beginning of the Rajya Sabha session that the only thing stopping the Bill from being passed was the ire of the indigenous people over being stabbed in the back by the BJP administration. Biren Singh’s own state of Manipur has seen widespread protests and a curfew had been imposed which was lifted earlier today.

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