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BJP workers storm Raj Bhavan in Imphal
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 21:
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 1:12 AM IST
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About 100 BJP workers on Monday stormed the Imphal Raj Bhavan, shouting slogans for about 20 minutes demanding a check and control on sky-high prices of essential commodities, corruption and an end to the government’s impasse with teachers.
The BJP leaders and workers in state stormed the Raj Bhavan after they marched a rally on the streets in Imphal.
They accused SPF government led by O. Ibobi Singh of not taking up appropriate measures to check increasing prices of essential commodities.
They also demanded the governor’s intervention in checking “rampant corruption practice” of the SPF government and in solving the impasse between the government and striking teachers.
The workers retreated from the gate after police allowed six representatives of the BJP to call on the governor and submit a memorandum.
Among others, the memorandum demanded prompt action for streamlining of public distribution system and to redress the demands of teachers in the larger interest of the students at the earliest.
While demanding appropriate action against erring officers of the concerned department, the memorandum urged the governor to advice the chief minister in this regard.
After submitting the memorandum, BJP president Sh. Shantikumar said that people of Manipur were suffering due to unprecedented and unabated price rise of essential commodities during and after the economic blockade on the life lines of National Highway 39 and 53. “The untold suffering of the common people is lamentable,” he said. He also observed that black marketers, smugglers and stock holders of essential items of daily use were “playing inhuman activities” in dealing with the items.
With regard to the ongoing strike of Council of Teachers’ Association, Shantikumar recalled that they have been launching different forms of democratic movements since 2009 demanding the implementation of provision of six pay commission.
After negotiations, a MoU was signed on January 10, 2010 in which government agreed to pay the revised pay bands of the sixth pay commission. An order in this regard was also issued on January 16, 2010, he pointed out, and lamented that government has not translated into action, which now resulted in teachers resorting to “fast-unto-death” stir. The adamant attitude of the government is condemnable, he added

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