Imphal, June 5: A delegation from the Manipur unit of the BJP led by its president, Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, today met Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and requested him to help get presidential assent to the three bills passed by the state Assembly last year.
The BJP delegation’s meeting with the home minister comes ahead of a meeting of an all-party political delegation from Manipur, led by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, on the bills issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the home minister. After intense pressure from the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, a public conglomerate, which is spearheading the agitation in the valley, representatives of political parties went to Delhi on Friday.
The chief minister who also left with the delegtaion, however, halted in Calcutta.
The public conglomerate has been putting pressure on the state government to take up the issue of Protection of Manipur People Bill, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, which are awaiting President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent, with the Centre. “Our team apprised the home minister of the need to enact the legislations to safeguard the interest of the local people. We explained that the bills are not anti-India or anti-tribal,” R.K. Sivachandra Singh, the Manipur BJP spokesperson and a member of the delegation said.
The delegation also clarified to the home minister that there was consensus among all the political parties as no one had objected when the bills were passed.