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Manipur CSOs reject Article 371 (A) for Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:50:32 PM IST
Leading civil society organizations (CSOs) in Manipur Saturday objected to the purported move to extend  Article 371 (A) of Indian Constitution to Naga-inhabited areas in Manipur.
Three CSOs –– All Manipur United Club Organization (AMUCO), United Committee Manipur (UCM) and Committee of Civil Society Kangleipak (CCSK) demanded that Manipur Assembly pass a resolution in this regard in the ongoing session.
CSOs were reacting to Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, statement to the parliamentary standing committee hinting extension of Article 371A (which guarantees special constitutional status to Nagaland) to Naga-inhabited areas in neighbouring Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing a joint press conference, three CSOs said Ravi’s statement contradicted repeated assurances given by the Central leaders including Prime Minister.
AMUCO president, Ph Devan, said extension of Article 371 (A) was tantamount to creating a state within a state and they would not accept it. He urged the chief minister to table the matter for discussion in the ongoing state Assembly on Monday.
UCM president Sunil Karam said the manner in which the Centre was trying to complete the Framework Agreement would bring communal tension in Manipur.
CCSK president, Ningombam Jitendra, said CSO would wait until Monday and as per the fallout of assembly resolution, and announce its course of action to be taken up.

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