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Manipur CM says no hurry to hold spl.session on Framework Agreement

Manipur CM says no hurry to hold spl.session on Framework Agreement
Manipur CM N Biren attending people on Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 25 | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 11:23:27 AM IST

Manipur chief minister, N. Biren Singh on Saturday said there was no hurry to summon a special session of the state assembly to discuss the Framework Agreement signed between Centre and the NSCN (I-M) since the Parliament had not tabled the matter during the last monsoon session.

“Nevertheless, the state government is still ready to convene the session anytime when required to take any decision to uphold people’s will/wish,” Singh said, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the joint Meeyamgi Numit (People’s Day) and Hill Leaders’ Day held at the CM’s secretariat durbar hall Saturday.

“The Centre has not informed the state government on the issue. The Centre will take all stakeholders including the Manipur government into confidence when the time comes,” he said.

Singh reiterated that the state government will always take people’s wish into account before accepting any final decision concerning the state.

Earlier, Biren Singh had said that he will be the first one to resign if Manipur’s integrity is threatened.

Congress leader Gaikhangam said, “It will not create any ripples when the chief minister resigns once the framework agreement becomes a statutory body.”

The chief minister also said, “The integrity and unity of the state will never be compromised.”

Opposition leader and former chief minister O Ibobi said, “If the stand of the BJP-led coalition government is so, then it should publicly announce that the government would shoulder the responsibility in the event of compromising Manipur’s integrity and unity in any manner.”

He said that the Cabinet had fixed the dates of the special session twice, but these were later cancelled.

Opposition Congress has announced that it will urge the Governor to summon a special session of the Assembly.

 

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