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Manipur boils over strike, election
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 21
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Published on 21 Apr. 2010 11:30 PM IST
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Manipur government is in crucial juncture with two main issues in the fore becoming more crucial as pressure of hills based civil organisations with regard to the holding of election to the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) under the existing Act turned to the MLAs from the hill districts and the cease-work strikes of employees intensifying day by day.
Governor Gurbachan Jagat Wednesday summoned chief minister, O Ibobi Singh asking to be briefed about the prevailing situation of the state in wake of twin issues.
Highly reliable sources close to Raj Bhavan said that Chief Minister assured the Governor that he was trying his best to solve all the problems within the next few days. Ibobi was reported briefing the Governor about convening of a Cabinet meeting to discuss holding of elections today itself along with other issues ahead of the state.
He also told the Governor of the institution of a ministerial committee to look into the demand of the employees.
Mention may be made that Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh constituted a ministerial committee led by senior most cabinet minister, Th Debendro to look into the demand of the employees of funds to be received by the government from the 13th Finance Commission. But, official source said that it has been postponed.
The objections and objections against holding of elections to the ADCs under the existing ADC Act, 2008 reached to a crucial stage when hill based pressure groups mostly Naga based bodies started pressing the 20 MLAs of the Manipur Assembly from hills who are the members of Hill Areas Committee of the Assembly tender resignations.
Meanwhile, more bodies of employees and departments are joining the cease work strike. Chief Secretary, DS Poonia has also convened a meeting of the principal secretaries and discuss on the cease work strike of the employees and present financial status of the state.

 
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