Mnp govt fails to convince COCOMI

Mnp govt fails to convince COCOMI
Womenfolk of Manipur during an alert demonstration in Imphal. (E-PAO)
Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL, NOV 13 | Publish Date: 11/13/2019 11:13:15 AM IST

 Demands details of Naga talks; seeks written assurance

Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), which is spearheading the current agitation in the state, Wednesday contended that it is not convinced by the repeated verbal assurances of the government not to harm Manipur’s integrity unless the assurance is in written form.

COCOMI’s reaction comes a day after Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh reiterated the commitment given by Union Home Minister Amit Shah that Manipur’s integrity will not be harmed by the final settlement of the Naga political issue. COCOMI coordinator Sunil Karam said that similar verbal assurances have been given multiple times by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. However, the central leaders have never been clear on what kind of interest of the people of Manipur are going to be protected, said Karam.

Addressing a press conference at UCM office in Imphal, Karam said they will not suspend the ongoing alert protests until and unless the Centre gives a written assurance and the state government declares it by taking all responsibility if Centre-NSCN (I-M) peace deal affects Manipur

He said that the details of the agreed points of the last round of peace negotiation was yet to be made public and the state government has not able to obtain the details from the Centre till date.

Karam said till today the chief minister was unable to meet the Prime Minister. How can the people just rely on the verbal assurance conveyed to the chief minister by Union Home minster.

Meanwhile, as a part of its new strategy to mount pressure on the government, COCOMI called for “lay siege” to residence of all the MLAs in their respective constituencies. In response, a handful of school students tried to gherao the residence of Wangkhem MLA K Meghachandra, which was later dispersed by police.

COCOMI is an umbrella body of several civil bodies of Manipur, formed to spearhead agitation orchestrating strong opposition against any outcome arising out of the final settlement of the Naga political issue that could divide Manipur. The group has intensified its agitation demanding terms and condition of the recently concluded talks be made public and written assurance from the central government not to harm Manipur’s integrity.

Karam further announced COCOMI will boycott the Manipur Sangai Festival schedule to commence from November 21.

How can festive mood be created among the people of the state in such a crucial situation, he asked and added that COCOMI will not review any of its decision announced earlier until and unless the doubts being felt by the people of the state is cleared by the Centre and state government.


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