Opposition MPs seek President Murmu to press PM Modi to address in Parliament on Manipur crisis

Imphal:  A delegation of 21 MPs, leaders of INDIA parties, have urged President of India Droupadi Murmu for her intervention so that the extraordinary situation confronting the state of Manipur can be redressed at the earliest and normalcy can be brought in urgently.

The MPs urged Murmu to press upon the Prime Minister to urgently address the Parliament on the prevailing situation in Manipur, followed by a detailed and comprehensive discussion on the matter.

The situation in Manipur, has reached a critical paint in the last few weeks, witnessing a complete breakdown of law and order. The shocking viral video that surfaced online has left the nation in shell shock, and it is evident that the state administration and police have failed to address the matter promptly. The delayed response of over two months to take cognizance and apprehend the mused has compounded the seven, of the issue, the delegation said in a memorandum submitted to the President.

“Subsequently, it has come to light that the said incident is only one of the cases of atrocities against women.”

The 21 MPs from the Houses of the Parliament visited the violence-affected areas in Manipur on July 29 and 30, conveying the message of solidarity with the people of Manipur and assessed the ground reality.

The delegation witnessed ‘the extreme devastation and hardships faced by the people, including women and children’, and apprised the country of the grim and concerning situation in the state. The delegation also called upon the governor, Manipur, to apprise her of the ground realities and submitted a memorandum. 

The impact of the violence has been devastating, with more than 200 lives last, over 500 injuries, and more than 5,000 houses gulled in arson-related incidents A staggering number of over 6o,000 people are displaced, living in dire conditions in relief camps across the state, the delegation informed the President.

They said they had visited relief camps in three different conflict-affected areas, including Churachandur, Moirang, and Imphal, where they interacted with the affected people, listened to their concerns, and witnessed firsthand the dire living conditions, especially for women and children. “People in relief camp, are facing hardships with low availability of food and relief materials. They are living in a state of permanent fear and insecurity, and are in need of a secure and just rehabilitation to rebuild their lives.”

The three-month-long internet ban in the state had further escalated distrust among different communities and allowed the spread of misinformation. The prolonged closure of schools and colleges for nearly three months has adversely affected the education and learning of children and youth in Manipur, they said.

In this context, since the commencement of the Monsoon Season of Parliament, INDIA parties have persistently demanded a statement from the Prime Minister, followed by details and comprehensive discussion on this issue of extreme national consistently rejected in the Houses of Parliament, obstructing any meaningful debate on the matter they added. 

“The silencing of the leaders of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, who represent the voice of the people and is a source of reason and rationality in the House, and intermittent switching of his mic in the parliament is a new law in our Parliamentary democracy and is highly concerning.”

Accountability for the devastation of the past 92 days much be determined. Both the Union government and the state government much fulfil their duty to provide justice to the affected communities, the MPs demanded. 

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