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Withdraw Muivah visit permit: BJP
AIZAWL/IMPHAL, MAY 14 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 15 May. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today attacked Home Minister P Chidambaram over the Manipur crisis, alleging that his unilateral decision to allow NSCN-IM leader T Muivah to visit the state had created tension there and demanded that that the permission to the Naga leader be withdrawn.
“The unilateralism of the Home Minister has once again created tension. Earlier, he had announced creation of a separate Telangana state without taking the Andhra Pradesh Government into confidence. This time, he allowed Muivah to visit his village in Manipur without asking the state government for its view,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.
A four-member BJP delegation led by Javadekar also meet Chidambaram and demanded that territorial integrity of Manipur be protected.
“We told him that government must ensure and give a promise that territorial integrity (of Manipur) would be maintained,” he told PTI.
Manipur is facing economic blockade by supporters of Muivah after he was unable to visit his ancestral village in the state due to objections by the state government.
Javadekar said the party demanded that National Highway no 39 and 53 be opened immediately and adequate supplies of essential commodities be ensured so that prices come down.
“We also discussed issues about threat to non-Manipuris,” the BJP leader said, adding that the “Home Minister has assured us that appropriate actions will be taken on our demands.”
“If things don’t move further, we may also meet the Prime Minister,” Javadekar said.
The party demanded that permission to Muivah to visit Manipur be withdrawn to defuse the situation.
Javadekar said the Home Minister took the decision despite the fact that NSCN-IM wants four districts of that state to be part of the ‘Greater Nagalim’ demanded by it.
“P Chidambaram is an expert in creating problem.He is an expert in converting peace into crisis,” the BJP spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, ANI reported that around 1,000 women staged a sit-in protest in Imphal on Thursday against the visit of Muivah, to the state.
The protest was carried out by the Advanced Women Society at the Awang Sekmai Bazaar in Imphal.
After the sit-in protest, the women took out a rally in Sekmai area shouting slogans against Muivah’s visit.
“We are opposing Muivah’s attempt to enter Manipur with an intention to destroy Manipur. We are expressing our anger. We have decided to close down all our business establishments and have stopped our daily errands as well. And so we have been staging today’s sit-in protest,” said Memcha Devi, a protestor.
The protestors also allege that Muivah’s homecoming is only a ploy to cause communal crisis in the state.

 
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