Manipur Assembly Passes Resolution Advocating NRC Implementation

Northeast DEsk, 2nd March: In a historic move, the Manipur Legislative Assembly has passed a private member resolution advocating for the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. The resolution, initiated by a Tangkhul Naga MLA and backed by a diverse coalition, including a Naga Minister, two Meitei Pangal MLAs, and Meitei MLAs, signifies a significant moment in the state’s legislative history.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced the milestone on March 2 via the microblogging site X, underscoring the collective determination of indigenous communities in Manipur to safeguard both the state and the nation through the NRC’s implementation.

“This united effort showcases the resolve of indigenous communities in Manipur to implement NRC to save the state and the Nation,” remarked Chief Minister N Biren Singh. “This is truly a pivotal moment in the Manipur Legislative Assembly’s history.”

During its 5th session of the 12th Assembly on March 1, the Manipur Legislative Assembly unanimously resolved to urge the Indian Government to expedite the NRC implementation in the state. This reaffirmed resolution echoes a previous decision passed on August 5, 2022, highlighting the assembly’s steadfast commitment to preserving Manipur’s security and integrity.

Emphasizing the NRC’s importance in protecting the state’s interests and contributing to the nation’s welfare, the assembly’s swift action aims to effectively address citizenship and immigration issues, ensuring transparency and accountability in demographic matters.

However, amidst this reaffirmation, tensions surfaced as Congress MLAs expressed discontent over the Speaker’s rejection of a private member’s resolution on the Kangla Resolution. Despite this, the assembly proceeded with its resolution on the NRC implementation, stressing its urgency for the state’s benefit.

Following the session, leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), Okram Ibobi, expressed the party’s frustration over the Speaker’s decision, highlighting the importance of restoring peace in the state and lamenting the assembly’s failure to adopt similar resolutions at Kangla on January 24, despite proposals from Congress MLAs.

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