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Manipur Congress cancels party’s programmes in view of protests

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 6 | Publish Date: 11/6/2019 12:06:17 PM IST

Manipur Congress on Wednesday decided to cancel its upcoming programmes and to remain alert in view of the impending final peace accord of the Naga peace negotiation.

A meeting of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) convened on Wednesday passed the resolution and the same has been intimated to the AICC, said MPCC spokesperson N Mangi Singh.

Addressing a news conference late afternoon at Imphal Congress Bhavan, the spokesperson said that the state Congress has decided not to take part in the proposed 10-day nationwide protest of the AICC against Modi government in the Centre this month.

MPCC took the decision after prior consultation with the AICC leaders at New Delhi and considering the uneasy calm situation prevailing in the state.

Mangi said that Congress leaders and workers were always on alert in case the Centre inks any accord that will hurt the interest of Manipur as the party has a firm stand to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state. While announcing the firm stand of the Congress for the integrity of Manipur, Mangi recalled the then O Ibobi led government’s firm stand against NSCN(I-M)’s leader Th Muivah planned to visit his native village in Manipur.

The then Congress government under chief minister O Ibobi Singh stood firm even as the then Prime Minister instructed the state government to allow Muivah to enter Manipur, he said. The spokesperson then said that all the other party related activities and programmes will remain cancelled until the state returns to normalcy.

On Tuesday night, COCOMI announced that in addition to the ongoing alert protest, torch rallies would be staged between 8 pm and 9 pm of November 6 and 7. Protest with human chains on the roads will be extensively staged on November 8 and 9 for which COCOMI has  appealed to people from all walks of life to join the programme where slogans against any move to distort Manipur will be chanted.

Meanwhile, alert protest continued widely in the state.One such protest was staged by drivers and transporters of the state under the aegis of Transporters’ and Drivers’ Council (TDC) in Imphal’s Keishampat.

TDC vice president Kh Ibotombi, talking to reporters at the protest site, demanded that the state government to allay apprehensions felt by the people of the state after the Centre kept secret the agreed points of the last round of Naga peace talk.

Mention may be made that taking serious note of  the uneasy calm in the state, legislators of the ruling BJP-led coalition government held two rounds of meeting on Monday and Tuesday and discussed the situation arising out of the terms of agreement that had reached between the Centre, NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs on October 31. 

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