Manipur legislators evade responsibility over crisis, in Delhi: YoM

Imphal: Youth of Manipur (YoM) says, the legislators from Manipur who camped in Delhi had evaded all their responsibilities and broken the faith of the people over Manipur crisis that erupted on May 3.

Following the failure of chief minister N.Biren Singh to take chair for a meeting with MLAs and volunteers of Youth of Manipur in Delhi, 25 youths of YoM returned to Imphal on Monday.

Their mission failed to reach a firm consensus on measures for restoration of peace with the state legislatures camping at Manipur Bhawan, Delhi.

The youth team left Imphal on September 23 to assess the progress of the MLAs and ministers and put pressure to bring an end to the conflict in Manipur.

YoM expressed discontentment over the mentality of the MLAs and ministers camping at Delhi to approach the central leaders in connection with the Manipur conflict.

Talking to reporters at Imphal airport one of the 25 youths said the MLAs and ministers who had been camping since September 13 were all shamming the people and did nothing to resolve the crisis.

“They could not do anything without the chief minister. They could not give a decision showing of evading their responsibilities,” he said.

The youths met the 25 MLAs at Manipur Bhawan on September 24 and they placed several agendas. He highlighted the agendas which included taking immediate action against the 10 Kuki MLAs, striving beyond party lines to put the chief minister on top of the unified command and making the central and state security forces as first responders at sensitive conflict areas instead of village volunteers.

They urged the MLAs to legalise the village volunteers if they were not able to do so, he added.

The Youth in media interaction said the MLAs had urged the YoM volunteers to aid the government in strategising a road map for peace restoration and questioned YoM if they were open to peace talks. They answered to talk with any body except Kukis, he added.

He said all the MLAs could not muster the courage to inform the chief minister about the meeting’s agendas.

After the pictures of the two students went viral YoM volunteers visited Manipur Bhawan on September 28 and met with 21 MLAs demanding then to ramp up the peace restoration measures.

Both sides agreed to convene a meeting on September 30 with all the MLAs, including the opposition MLAs, and the chief minister, he added.

The meeting remained futile as the MLAs and ministers could not come to a conclusion without the chief minister, he added.

He said several MLAs informed that the chief minister could seek an urgent appointment with Prime Minister if he wanted to.

YoM refuted the allegations of minister L. Susindro and stated that the allegations were attempt to malign the image of YoM.

“The minister put several allegations questioning the legitimacy of YoM and asked if YoM represented the entire people of Manipur. We have the same question if he represents the entire MLAs of Manipur,” he asked.

He alleged that the minister was the one who started to become enrage over the suggestions of YoM.

The 25 youths were warmly received at the airport.

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