Gurung seeks protection for Manipuri Gorkhas, writes to home minister on Manipur bill

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on Tuesday sent a fax to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, expressing reservations about a bill passed by the Manipur Assembly which requires outsiders to take a government permit to enter that state.
Gurung seeks protection for Munipuri Gorkhas
Gurung said the bill would go against a small population of Gorkhas residing in the hills of Manipur.

The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, was passed in the Assembly on Monday. Under the law, the Manipur government will issue a pass to any "non-Manipur person" while entering that state.

Debate is ongoing on whether the law should keep the cut-off year as 1951 to decide who should be treated as a resident of Manipur and who would be deemed an outsider.

Gurung cited the cut-off year and said many Gorkhas have been staying in that state for nearly 200 years and they should not face any discrimination.

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