Imphal: Ten like-minded political parties convention on ‘Manipur Crisis’ has unanimously resolved to work together to find a solution to the problems and issues in the state occurred due to ‘the total failures, lapses and negligence of both the Union and state government’.
The 10 political parties included Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC); Janata Dal (United); Communist Party of India (CPI); Communist Party of India (Marxist); All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP); All India Forward Bloc (AIFB); Nationalist Congress Party (NCP); Shiv Sena (UBT), and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Manipur.
In the convention held at Hotel Imphal on Thursday resolved that “Silence of the Prime Minister of India to the crisis in Manipur and staying away from Manipur since the outbreak of the ethnic violence has disappointed people of Manipur. All crimes committed during the ethnic violence committed against women, children, aged, students and youths should be investigated promptly without any discrimination. We Will protest in different parts of the state on issues of public concern and importance. We demand government to talk to the stakeholders for an amicable settlement and solution for lasting peace and harmony in Manipur. We are willing to engage and support any initiative in the peace process. Our unity is our strength. We will work together hand in hand for a change in Manipur.”
CLP leader, Okram Ibobi through media said after the convention that democracy need to be strengthened else people might face the dictatorial form of government. During the parliament session, opposition MPs raised question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home minister, Amit Shah to giver statement on the issue of Manipur.
Ibobi said clarifying the questions of opposition MPs, Union Home minister Amit Shah informed the parliamentary floor that chief minister N. Biren Singh has been cooperating with the central government while handling the issue of Manipur. Due to the reason there is no reason to remove N. Biren Singh from the post of Chief Minister.
Ibobi questioned “In the name of cooperation with the central government, is Biren Singh going to stay mum after all the people killed each other?”
Democracy of Manipur need to be strengthened by increasing the political activity to protect Manipur, he added.
He said the 10 like-minded political parties already resolved and submitted memorandum to the governor of Manipur and other central leaders demanding that they will not compromise on territorial boundary and integrity of Manipur at any cost.
The convention reaffirmed the stance to protect Manipur.
Manipur has been burning for the last 5 months and the government is not able to control the violence. Even on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday fresh violence and gunfight occurred at New Keithelmanbi along NH-37, Ibobi said.
Over 70,000 central forces have already deployed in addition to that of around 30,000 state forces to control the present violence in Manipur, but the state is still burning, said Ibobi.
Spokesperson of JD(U) state unit, Nimaichand Luwang who is one of the representatives of the 10 like-minded political parties said the convention was attended by around 100 delegated from different political parties.
Since the violence has erupted, over 200 people have died and thousands becomes homeless.
He said the convention condemns the killing of the two students and condoled on the demises of the two students. The convention also condemns the brutal action of security forces towards agitating students who are demanding for justice of the killing of the two students, Hijam Linthoingambi and Phijam Hemanjit.
Luwang said central government can stop the present crisis within few days. What is the hidden agenda? Both the governments are unable to stop the violence.
Pointing out an example, he said for the issues on two women naked paraded, killing of two students the accused were arrested within some days. Mass burial to be conducted at Torbung Bangla, Bishnupur district was stopped with a phone call from Union Home minister, Amit Shah. Are both the government waiting for upcoming Lok Sabha election to be conducted next year to get political mileage? He questioned.