PM, HM have no concern for NE: Ibobi

PM, HM have no concern for NE:  Ibobi
Fromer Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh talking to reporters on his arrival at Imphal Airport on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 23 | Publish Date: 11/23/2019 11:48:45 AM IST

Leadership of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has no concern about the Northeast states including Manipur, former state chief minister O Ibobi Singh alleged on Saturday.

The allegation of the former CM came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah denied Manipur Congress a  chance to meet them.

A 15-member delegation of state opposition Congress MLAs were camped at New Delhi since November 13 last to meet Prime Minister and Union home minister to relay worries b felt by the people of the state on the Naga peace talks and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

However, unable to get the appointment with the two Central leaders, former chief minister and opposition leader O Ibobi Singh who led the delegation returned to Imphal today.

On his arrival at Imphal Airport, Singh expressed disappointment over the Prime Minister and Union home minister’s denial of an appointment with the delegation.

A disappointed Singh said, “It seems Central leaders have no concern about Manipur in particular and the region in general.” 

The delegation wanted to meet the PM and HM and directly convey people’s firm stand on Manipur’s integrity and NE people’s opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

“We can convey the worries of the people through memorandum but we hoped of meeting them personally to convey the people’s stand on the state integrity and opposition to CAB. However, we were not given the chance,” he said.

As no change was given, the delegation submitted the memorandum expressing in details the pulse of the people of the state on Naga peace talks and CAB to the Prime Minister through minister of state for PMO, he said.

They might have avoided the appointment due to their busy schedules but their refusal has compelled to make us feel that they have no concern about the apprehensions felt by the people of the region, he said

Stating that in the week-long camping in Delhi, the Congress delegation met with leaders of other political parties including AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. Singh said  all of them assured support to the cause of the people of the state in the protection of territorial integrity and Northeast on CAB, he claimed.

Mention may be made that the delegation of Congress MLAs had left Imphal on November 13 to bring up the burning issues of Manipur’s territorial integrity and CAB with the leaderships of the Central government.

While leaving the state, the MLAs said  they were going to press the Centre to disclose the details of the peace negotiation between India government and NSCN(IM) and allay fears of distortion of Manipur’s integrity because of the peace talks and their opposition to CAB. 

After the failure to get appointment with the Prime Minister and Union home minister, the Congress delegation had even staged a sit-in-protest at Jantar Mantar on Friday.

Pressing the Centre to protect the interests of Manipur while settling the Naga political issue, the delegation protested against denial of an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.

Regarding the CBI raid at his residence and quarter on Friday, the former three-time chief minister reiterated his full cooperation to CBI investigation in the alleged multi-crore fund embezzlement scam in the now disbanded Manipur Development Society.

Singh said that as far to his knowledge, there was no such fund embezzlement when he was the chairman of the MDS.

However, government suspects misappropriation of funds sanctioned by the Centre for developmental project in the state.  He demanded that investigation must be done thoroughly if found any misappropriation of funds was, those guilty should be awarded befitting punishment.

He said that whether the BJP government was doing it to take political mileage or not will be known only after the CBI comes up with its final report of the investigation

On Friday, teams of CBI had conducted simultaneous raids at the residence and quarter of the former chief minister and other locations in connection to the alleged misappropriation of Rs 332 crore fund embezzlement scam.

The CBI was investigating into the alleged misappropriation of government funds released for various developmental works to be implemented by MDS.

The former chief minister was among six persons named as accused in the case which was first investigated by state police before the state government decided to hand over the case to CBI in April 2018.


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