Manipur parties for special Assembly session on Naga issue

Manipur parties for special Assembly session on Naga issue
Manipur CM, N. Biren Singh chairing the all-party meet. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 22 | Publish Date: 7/23/2018 12:16:59 AM IST
All political parties of Manipur, barring the Congress, Sunday demanded a special session of the Legislative Assembly be convened to discuss the framework agreement reportedly signed by the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) in 2015.
However, a communiqué reportedly sent by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee to chief minister N. Biren Singh said that the matter could be discussed during the ongoing Assembly session.
The all political party meeting deliberated on the latest development of the Framework Agreement, which was widely reported in the national media.
According to media reports, the interlocutor for the Naga talks R.N. Ravi informed a Parliamentary panel on Thursday that it signed a framework agreement with the  NSCN (I-M) after it agreed on a settlement within the Indian federation with a “special status.”
Ravi had reportedly told the panel that the government called it a framework agreement and signed it.
“At the meeting today (Sunday) at the Chief Minister’s Office, it was decided that the Centre’s framework agreement on the Naga issue should not infringe on the territorial integrity of Manipur,” L Sotin Kumar Singh, state Secretary of CPI, told PTI.
On the Indo-Myanmar border issue, he said that it was decided that all political parties of Manipur would join the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) team which will visit the disputed border pillar No. 81 at Kwatha village of Tengnoupal district of Manipur on July 25.
“The MEA team will inspect the disputed site to figure out if the border post was installed in the right place,” Sotin Kumar said.
The Congress abstained from the meeting as it felt the way the things were dealt with was not proper, Sotin Kumar added.
The meeting was attended by representatives of AAP, AIFB, AITC, BJP, BSP, CPI(M), CPI, DBSP, JD (S), JDU, LJP, MNDF,MDPF, MPC, MPP, NCP, NPF, NPP, NEIDP, RSP and Shiv Sena.

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