People don’t trust shah’s assurance: Mnp Cong

People don’t trust shah’s assurance: Mnp Cong
Manipur Congress leaders and workers staging protest demanding disclosure of details of Naga peace talks in Imphal on Thursday .
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 14 | Publish Date: 11/14/2019 10:49:47 AM IST

Leaders of Manipur Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) along with hundreds of workers on Thursday staged a sit-in-protest in front of Imphal’s GM Hall demanding disclosure of ‘agreed points’ of the last round of peace negotiation between the Centre and Naga rebel groups.

People of the state as well as Congress can’t believe the assurance given by Union home minister Amit Shah regarding the protection of state integrity, said former deputy chief minister and member of AICC’s Central Working Committee (CWC) Gaikhangam while addressing reporters at the protest site. “Despite assurance given by him, a large number of Central security forces were sent to the state and more forces are still arriving in the state in the last few days.This shows that there is something which Central leaders keeping secret. So, there is no reason to believe to the assurance given by the home minister,” he added. 

Gaikhangam reiterated his party’s firm stand on the state’s integrity reminding that Congress was ready to face any challenges to protect it.  He alleged that the state chief minister as well as other ministers of the BJP-led coalition government repeatedly tried to convince people by relaying the Union home minister’s assurance but they have no  guts to meet with the Prime Minister and obtain his assurance, he alleged. He pointed out this was one of the main reasons behind people’s apprehension of Centre doing something to hurt Manipur’s unity and integrity while trying to appease a rebel group.

In the absence of a trustworthy assurance and keeping in mind the current security scenario of the state where large number of Central security forces were being deployed, people of the state could not remain calm, he stated.

No one can predict what would happen in the state next as the present leadership at the Centre always did things that were totally contradictory to the assurance given by them, he alleged.There were many such  instances, he added.

Also taking in part in the protest, MPCC president M Okendro announced  that Congress leaders and workers will join the people in protecting the state integrity and will not leave any stone unturned to safeguard the unity and integrity of the state. He informed that a delegation of Congress MLAs led by opposition leader O Ibobi Singh has started campaigning at New Delhi for protection of manipur’s integrity.

The delegation has started meeting with AICC leaders and other opposition parties and is seeking their support to pressurise the Central government not to indulge in any act that will affect state’s integrity in the present or future.

The delegation also sought appointments to meet the  Prime Minister and Union home minister. 

The delegation is likely to get an appointment with the Union home minister but an  appointment with the Prime Minister could not be confirmed for the time being as he is currently aboard, he said.

Meanwhile, alert protestd under the aegis of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) continued unabated at various parts of the state.

Police today foiled a mass rally that targeted the state Assembly complex in Imphal. Hundreds of people from across Imphal East district chanted slogan that filled the sky with “Long live Manipur” among others.

In yet another mass alert protest staged at Lamshang in Imphal West district, COCOMI leaders alerted the people to be ready to face any eventuality arising out of Centre’s final agreement with the Naga rebel groups.

COCOMI coordinator Sunil Karam alleged lack of concern for the state’s unity and integrity among the MLAs of the ruling BJP. 

He said that they (MLAs of the ruling party) have the  guts to meet with their Central leaders for their personal gain but when it comes to state issue, they have no  guts to knock at the door of their Central leaders. 

He was referring to recent power tussle within the BJP leading the coalition government in which dissident MLAs camped at the national capital for months to lobby with Central leaders to remove chief minister N Biren Singh from chief minister’s post. They used to visit Delhi frequently and met Central leaders including Prime Minister to wrest power but they did not want to go to Delhi and convey the fears in the minds of people about the state’s integrity, he alleged.

Karam reminded that it was during the NDA government that 18 precious lives were lost when people protested against the extension of ceasefire truce between the Centre and NSCN(IM) without territorial limit.

The same NDA government came to power again and trouble revisited the state he said and asked how many lives would be  finished this time.

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