Gaikhangam raises issues gripping state at CWC meet

IMPHAL4th Aug: Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam raised present issues confronting the state during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting chaired by AICC president Rahul Gandhi at the national capital on Saturday. The CWC is the highest decision making body of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and Gaikhangam was recently inducted into the body as a member.

During the CWC meet, Gaikhangam drew attention of party’s leaders by raising burgeoning issues confronting the state, a source informed, adding the former deputy CM highlighted Manipur University crisis, Framework Agreement and border pillar issue during the meet which was also attended by former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress leaders like AK Anthony, Gulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and others.

While raising the Manipur University crisis, Gaikhangam impressed upon party leaders that Central government has remained as a mere spectator even as the university remained closed for more than two months and stressed that party leaders should take immediate steps to save career of students.

Gaikhangam also apprised CWC members that suspiciousness of the people is growing that the Framework Agreement signed between the Central government and the NSCN-IM would affect the interest of Manipur.

The agreement will not only affect interest of other communities while appeasing a particular community but any action which could distort Manipur’s interest and territorial integrity would never be accepted by people of the state, Gaikhangam said and urged party leaders to take stringent action to oppose the agreement when the same is brought up on the floor of Parliament as Bill. The former deputy CM also urged party leaders to pressurise Central government for revealing contents of the agreement, the source added.

On the Border Pillar issue, Gaikhangam apprised CWC members that there is growing discontent among people that Border Pillar No. 81 along India-Myanmar international border has been erected deep inside Manipur and BJP government’s claim that there is no border dispute in Manipur is unacceptable. He then urged party leaders to pressurise Central government for conducting fresh border survey and demarcation, the source added.

NRC, Rafale deal and others were some of the key issues deliberated at the CWC meet, during which party leaders observed that the NRC list might lead to deportation of foreigners but the indigenous Assamese, Hindu Bengali, Nepali, Gorkha, tribe and religious minorities cannot be left out. It was during the tenure of UPA government that around 82,000 Bangladeshis who entered Assam illegally between 2005 and 2013 were deported but only around 1800 Bangladeshi were deported during the BJP government, AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who attended the meet, told media persons that the NRC was introduced during his tenure but the present BJP government at the Centre and state took action for their convenience only.

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