Manipur territorial integrity will be safeguarded: Shah

Manipur territorial integrity will be safeguarded: Shah
Students taking part in the alert protest staged in Imphal on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 11 | Publish Date: 11/11/2019 11:10:57 AM IST


A delegation led by chief minister, N. Biren Singh, who has been camping in New Delhi since November 8, returned to Manipur on Monday without meeting prime minister but with reported re-assurance from the Union home minister, Amit Shah that Manipur territorial integrity will be safeguarded.

The delegation comprised of chief minister, speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly, two ministers -Th Bishorjit and Th Radheshyam, and Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda and MLAs.

The delegation met Shah on November 10.

Talking to media at the Imphal Airport, education minister Th Radheshyam who is also the government spokesperson said that they planned to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprise him about the prevailing tense situation arising out of the fear of compromising state’s interest while settling the vexed Naga political issue.

“However, we aborted the plan as Union home minister has reassured us,” he said. He said since home minister had made it clear that Centre will not compromise states’ interest at any cost while inking the peace deal with the NSCN (I-M) and other Naga groups, they considered that there was no need for them to meet Prime Minister.

Shah also conveyed to them that the Centre will consult with all stakeholders of the three neighbouring states of Nagaland before finalising the final peace deal with the NSCN (I-M), he said.

The home ministry had started consultations with the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will be flowed by consultation with other stakeholders of these three states.

He further claimed that Shah promised to give a detail explanation of the ‘agreed points’ of the peace negotiation during the next round of consultation with stakeholders. 

Meanwhile, chief minister’s office has called for a press briefing on November 12 at 11.30 pm.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA on Monday slammed the chief minister-led delegation for coming back without meeting with Prime Minister.

Congress MLA RK Imo questioned why the chief minister returned without meeting the Prime Minister as ‘the assurance to be given by the Prime Minister will only calm down the people.’

The Congress legislator was talking to media persons at Sagolband where he joined the people in staging an alert protest on Naga peace talk.

He said that Union home minister’s assurance which was also given earlier was not enough for people to calm down.

Whether the Union home minister had given the details of the agreed points of the peace negotiation to the state chief minister led delegation could not be ascertained.

“As neither the chief minister nor the members of the delegation revealed it, we don’t know what had transpired in the meeting. But, we want to ask why the delegation did not met with the Prime Minister,” he said.

As the delegation have not said anything about Union home minister disclosing the contents of the peace negotiation, the delegation should have met the Prime Minister and press him to disclose the details of the agreed points or gives written assurance that Centre will not do anything that will hurt the interest of Manipur, he insisted.

On other hand, staging alert protest by forming human chain continued unabated at various places.

Tens of hundreds of people took part at one such alert protest staged at Khurai area in Imphal East district that affected the normal traffic along the Imphal-Ukhrul road (HN-150) for hours.

Markets and shops at Lamlong Keithel were also suspended their business for the day and joined the protest staged under the aegis of COCOMI.


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