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BJP-led Manipur govt seeks exemption from jurisdiction of citizenship bill

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Manipur may have a coalition government headed by the BJP, but it wants no truck with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Northeast. Participants of a meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh yesterday resolved in favour of urging the centre to exempt the state from the controversial legislation.

The proposed bill passed by the Lok Sabha recently aims to hasten the citizenship process of non-Muslim immigrants from three neighbouring countries. The opposition has termed the move as "discriminatory", and people across the northeast have hit the streets in protest.

According to a press release issued by the chief minister's secretariat, the idea did not resonate with the constituents of the coalition government. The BJP rules Manipur in alliance with the National People's Party (NPP), Naga People's Front (NPF) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).