MPCC submits memo to President on Framework Agreement

Taking advantage of President Ram Natha Kovind’s visit to the state, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) submitted a memorandum to the President urging him to disclose contents of the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India to the people of Manipur.

Congress party decided not to be a part of the Drafting Committee of all political parties on Framework Agreement as state government failed to intimate role and responsibility of NPF on the issue, clarified former chief minister O Ibobi Singh on party’s decision to skip the committee.

Addressing media persons at Congress Bhawan here Wednesday, Ibobi reiterated that Congress party has a firm resolve to protect Manipur’s boundary and the party would fiercely oppose all challenges to state’s boundary or any appeasement policy to particular organisation. As per this decision, Congress party submitted a memorandum to President during his visit to the state, he said, adding that not an inch of the state’s land should be touched while bringing a resolution with NSCN (IM).

No agreement should contain any provision that pose threat to Manipur’s territory at present or in future as well, the former chief minister maintained.

While clarifying that Congress party has no enmity with NPF or any other political parties, he reiterated Congress party’s commitment to fight whenever state’s territory integrity is challenged.

Welcoming the initiative taken by state government to submit a memorandum to Central government for which even a Drafting Committee of all political parties has been formed, Ibobi maintained that the party decided to withdraw from the committee due to confusing position of NPF. Congress would join the Drafting Committee if the state government made an announcement about NPF’s position on the issue or whether party’s MLAs will stand for Manipur or not, he said while recalling that NPF’s election manifesto contain a clause for integration of Naga inhabited areas.

While lauding BJP led government’s development initiative, he said Congress party would extend every possible help to the government towards bringing peace and development in the state.

MPCC president TN Haokip told media persons that Congress party submitted a memorandum to the President on Framework Agreement and received a positive signal from the head of the nation on the issue.

According to TN Haokip, the President gave his firm commitment that no territory of Manipur would be affected due to the Framework Agreement. He also clarified that Congress party’s decision to skip from the Drafting Committee was made known to deputy chief minister N Joykumar through a written submission.

While reiterating that induction of parliamentary secretaries in the present BJP led government is against the Constitution, the MPCC president said state Governor had been urged to disqualify them as per Article 192. Consequently, an order made by chief secretary RR Rashmi discontinued appointment of five parliamentary secretaries. However, some of them still claim themselves to be parliamentary secretaries while posing before media despite the order, he said and maintained that all of them should be disqualified and conduct re-election.

The press conference was also attended by former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, former Khurai MLA Ng Bijoy and many Congress leaders.

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