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Naga talks: Mnp Cong begins relay-hunger strike

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 16 | Publish Date: 11/16/2019 11:11:43 AM IST

Manipur Congress began relay-hunger strike on Saturday even as the  Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) reiterated its boycott of  the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival due to commence from November 23.

Leaders and workers of Congress started the relay-hunger strike demanding disclosure of ‘agreed points’ of the Naga peace negotiation and pressing the state government to convene special session of the state Assembly. While pressing the Centre to disclose the details of the agreed points, Congress asked the reason behind large number of Central paramilitary forces deployed in the state despite assurance that interest of Manipur will not be hurt while inking the proposed Naga peace accord.

“Why extra security forces,” “Convene special session of state Assembly,” were some of the many slogans displayed at the protest side. Talking to reporters at the protest side, MPCC vice president Kh Ratankumar alleged that one of the main reasons behind current people’s movement in the state on Naga peace talks was non-disclosure of the details of the peace negotiation.

Uneasy calm is prevailed in the state even as the Centre is still keeping secret the framework agreement, he alleged. The refusal to convene special session of the state Assembly by the BJP-led coalition government has added fuel to the apprehension of compromising territorial integrity of the state, he added.

Sending of large number of Central paramilitary forces in the state was another reason to doubt  the assurance given by the leaderships of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he further said.  He said it is unfortunate that the BJP-led coalition government and state BJP leaders were defending the refusal of a special session of the state Assembly saying that there was no such agenda to convene a special session. 

Giving reason for Congress’s demand for special session, he said that if the special session adopts a fresh decision to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state, it will allay the worry of the people. The MPCC vice president who is looking after the charge of president stated that all Congress legislators camping in New Delhi have started their campaign to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state. Congress MLAs led by former chief minister O Ibobi Singh are currently in the national capital waiting for appointments to meet the Prime Minister and Union home minister to convey the people’s worry and protect the state’s interests and territory. State Congress spokesperson and veteran politician O Joy Singh strongly criticised a statement by MP Dr RK Ranjan who said that seeking written assurance on protection of state interest and territory was not a valid demand.

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