We’ll quit if territorial integrity compromised, says Manipur CM

We’ll quit if territorial integrity compromised, says Manipur CM
N. Biren Singh handing over the joint memorandum to Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Monday.
NEW DELHI, JUL 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/17/2018 12:19:12 AM IST
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, who is in Delhi to discuss the Naga peace agreement and its repercussions on Manipur with the Centre, warned on Monday that he and his colleagues in the government will have to “leave our posts” if their consent is not taken on the issue.
Biren, accompanied by his entire cabinet, MLAs and state BJP president Kh Bhabananda Singh, have been camping in New Delhi and holding series of meetings with Central leaders since to convey the state “government’s position” on the Naga Accord.
The visit comes amidst speculation that the Framework Agreement that the Centre signed with NSCN (I-M) would soon be reaching its logical conclusion.
According to The Wire report, though top party sources in Nagaland categorically denied having any information about the signing of the Accord, BJP sources in Manipur unit claimed, “There is a strong likelihood of the Accord being signed between the Central government and the NSCN (I-M) before the monsoon session of parliament which is beginning on July 18.”  “Centre government is keen to sign the Accord before the third anniversary of the Framework Agreement, signed with the NSCN (I-M) on August 3, 2015,” sources said.
In a tweet on July 16, N. Biren said the delegation met Singh to submit “a joint memorandum” to express their viewpoints on the Framework Agreement. He told reporters in Delhi that the Centre should formally inform the Manipur assembly and the state government before taking any decision” on arriving at the Naga Accord. “If our voice is not heard, if the consent of the state assembly or of the people is not taken (into cognizance) and changes are made (post Naga talks) then we will be nowhere. Then automatically we will have to leave our posts,” he told ANI. 
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Singh said: “We have a 2,000-year-old history. We got independence on August 14, 1947; India got independence on August 15. We formally merged in 1949. We have a history we cannot ignore. There is a pulse, an emotion of the people we cannot ignore. Maintaining our identity is very important. Of course, nation is also important. All we are saying is please do consult us.”
“This time, we have come in a full team– with all ministers, MLAs, and senior party leaders including the state president. We are about 35 people. We are here to request the Centre that we support the peace initiative. But in the meantime, there is a state, there is a constitutional scheme, there is a federal structure, and so if there is any decision, please convey to us in advance so that we can take a decision in the assembly. If not, then all elected members, including me, will be an in an extreme position,” Singh said.

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