IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Prime Minister Narendra Modi must keep in mind that Manipur is not Jammu and Kashmir before signing the final agreement of the Naga peace talks, said Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson (MPCC) T Mangibabu.
Expressing concern to the media at the party’s office, Mangibabu said the indigenous people of Manipur can give up their lives to safeguard the interest of the state. Coming down heavily on the MLAs of the ruling BJP government, who were absent during the legislature meeting, he said the former have shirked away from their responsibilities at the time of crisis.
Questioning the four MPs of the state for not raising the issue and mounting pressure on the central government to safeguard the interest of the state from the outcome of the peace talk, he also asked them to prioritise on safeguarding the state’s interest instead of attending petty functions.
The MPCC has apprised Congress national leaders to let the party MPs raise their voices to safeguard the state’s interest in the upcoming Parliament session, he continued. He also informed that a scheduled 10-day nationwide agitation programme on the failure of the BJP government has been deferred by the committee in view of the tense situation in the state.
While mentioning that the MPCC had asked the state government to work at its best level to safeguard the integrity of the state leaving party matters aside, Mangibabu also stated that the Congress party will fully support the government in any initiative to safeguard Manipur’s territorial integrity.
Senior Congress leader N Mangi, who also spoke to the media, demanded the state government to call an assembly sitting at the earliest to discuss the current issues and take a firm stand to safeguard the State’s interest.
He also recalled the ‘bold steps’ taken by former chief minister O Ibobi in stopping NSCN (I-M) leader Muivah from entering the state in opposition to the order of former PM Minister Manmohan Singh.
The former PM belonged to the same political party, he continued while stating that the present CM also needs to have the same guts when it comes to the interests of the State. “It is indeed very strange that the government is organising MANITEX when the State is facing a tense situation,” he added.
The MPCC also reaffirmed that the party will always stand and work for the interest of the people of the state.