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HM refutes BJP over Muivah’s visit
Published on 16 May. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Home Minister P. Chidambaram Saturday expressed surprise over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demand to cancel the permission granted to NSCN (I-M) general secretary, T. Muivah to visit his ancestral village in Manipur, saying no such permission had been given.
He was also disappointed by BJP’s statement alleging that his unilateral decision to allow Muivah to visit Manipur had created tension there.
Expressing “surprise and disappointment” at the BJP’s demand, made Friday, Chidambaram said that the central government consulted Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh on the proposed visit of National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah general secretary Muivah to his native village Somdal in the state’s Ukhrul district.
Chidambaram today said the NSCN (I-M) leader had “expressed a desire to visit his native village, Somdal, in Ukhrul district, Manipur. He submitted an itinerary through the Interlocutor R S Pandey. “Muivah was told that his visit can be facilitated in consultation with the Government of Manipur.
“The government of Manipur took the stand that such a visit would not be appropriate at this time,” an official statement quoted Chidambaram as saying.
“Efforts were made over several days to find a solution. The chief minister of Manipur was requested to come to Delhi and he did so on May 6, 2010. The finance minister, the defence minister and I held talks with the Manipur chief minister, who, however, after his return to Imphal, reiterated the stand that Muivah’s visit to Somdal could not be allowed at this stage,” Chidambaram said.
Seeking “to set the record straight”, Chidambaram said the BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Prakash Javadekar had led a delegation to meet him Friday in connection with the situation in Manipur.
“After hearing the delegation, I explained in detail the developments in the past week. The delegation thanked me for the patient hearing and for the briefing on the developments in Manipur and urged me and the union government to continue to deal with the situation with tact and understanding,” the home minister said.
Meanwhile, reacting to Chidambaram’s criticism of it BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar Saturday said “Our criticism of the Government was based on the public statements of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh that the Home Ministry did not take them into confidence on the issues of Telengana and Muivah.” He said now it was up to Chidambaram to find out “who was speaking the truth”.
“After all, both the CMs belong to Congress and they have made their anger against the Centre open before journalists,” he said.
“The delegation expressed satisfaction at the conclusion of the meeting,” chidambaram said, adding: “I am, therefore, surprised and disappointed by Javadekar’s statement”.
Chidambaram said: “The immediate problem is to ensure that the national highways are open and supplies of goods reach every district of Manipur.”
The union government is addressing this problem in coordination with the state governments concerned. At this stage, all sections of the people, especially the political parties, should support the government in its efforts.”

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