Mnp Cong attacks BJP for refusing spl session

Mnp Cong  attacks BJP for refusing spl session
People staging sit-in protest in Imphal on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 9 | Publish Date: 11/9/2019 11:13:07 AM IST


Afraid of Central leaderships, the BJP-led coalition government has been refusing to convene a special session of the state Assembly, former Manipur chief minister and opposition leader O Ibobi Singh alleged on Saturday.

The opposition leader was addressing a press conference at his official quarter in Imphal in the presence of Congress legislators of the state including CWC member Gaikhangam.

Chief minister N Biren Singh and other leaders of the coalition government have no guts to express state government’s firm stand on Manipur’s integrity before the Prime Minister and Union home minister, he alleged.

He observed that fearing possible action against them from the leaderships might be the reason behind Biren government’s refusal to convene a special session of the state Assembly.

CSOs under the aegis of Coordination Committee of Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and political parties have been pressing the state government to convene a special session of the state Assembly and adopt a fresh resolution to safeguard state’s geographical boundary and to object to any move which will impact the unity and integrity of the state in future.

The former chief minister observed the reason behind chief minister N Biren Singh’s refusal might be fear of removal from chief minister’s chair or skipping of session by MLAs of coalition partners of the government.

Whatever the reason it may be, leaderships of the incumbent government must remembered that being a chief minister, ministers or MLAs would be meaningless if Manipur is broken, he said.

O Ibobi Singh also expressed suspicion of the recently concluded peace negotiation between the Centre and Naga rebel groups while questioning the motive behind sending large number of Central paramilitary forces into the state.

Law and order is a state subject and the chief minister who is also holding the home portfolio has knowledge of sending additional Central security forces in the state.

The opposition leader was reacting to a recent statement of the chief minister who had denied sending additional Central forces in the state by saying that the forces recently transported in the state were returning from election duties as well as from Assam where they were deployed in the wake of publication of updated NRC in the state.

“No, the chief minister was telling lie. He has been fooling the people. A large number of additional Central paramilitary forces have arrived in the state in the last few days,” he said.

He stated that if the Centre sent the additional security forces in the state without the knowledge of the state government, there was no reason to take it lightly.

It showed that Central was planning something which will provoke the people of the state to appease an underground group and in the name of bringing lasting peace in the region, he added.

At this crucial time, there is need for people remaining alert and all the political parties irrespective of ruling and opposition or ideology must stand united to safeguard the geographical territorial boundary of the state, he said.

He further pointed out that the Centre was still concealing the contents of the infamous Framework Agreement which the Centre had signed with the NSCN(I-M) in August 2015.

While the states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh were strongly pressing the Centre to disclose the details of framework agreement, the Centre came up with another secret by not disclosing the terms and conditions in the last round of peace negotiation held on October 31, he added.

As per media reports, except the flag and constitution, other demands of the NSCN(I-M) had already been settled after the last round of negotiation.

It was only after the last round of negotiation that additional Central security forces were being sent to the state. Not only the paramilitary forces, but fighter jets were being deployed in the state, he said.

If you look into the current security scenario in the state, it was almost similar to Centre preparing for a war with another country, Singh said.

He observed that in this developing situation in the state, it cannot be that the Central paramilitary forces were being sent in the state to assist the police in case the state face a severe breach of law and order.

Singh opined this can be taken as Centre’s plan to counter people’s violent uproar when the Centre implements the framework agreement with agendas compromising state’s unity and integrity, the former chief minister said.

The former chief minister then reiterated Congress clear stand for the protection of geographical boundary of the state.

He said that Congress was ready to face any challenge that comes in the way of state’s geographical boundary. 

Congress’s stand against Centre’s any plan to form territorial council based on ethnic line that will affect the integrity of the state in future is also very clear, he added. 

Meanwhile, people of different work of life continued to stage alert protests in the form of sit-ins and formation of human chain by blocking half the roads at different places of the state.

An alert protest staged by transporters in Thoubal district had affected normal vehicular movement along the Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 on Saturday.

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