CORRESPONDENT KAKCHING, 27th Nov:
During its rule, Congress party always maintained utmost transparency while signing any accords including Mizoram, Punjab and Assam accords but the present BJP government led by Narendra Modi continues to conceal details of the Framework Agreement signed with NSCN (IM) more than two years back.
This was stated by Congress MLA and former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam while addressing the gathering at the sit-in-protest held at Hiyanglam Lai Pangalba Keithel on Monday.
People of Manipur have been demanding disclosure of details of the Framework Agreement but the BJP led government at the Centre concealed it thereby heightening apprehensions and tension among people, Gaikhangam said, adding Framework Agreement should not be a secret one.
He further said that Congress party could not remain silent when people of Manipur are being kept in the dark on a particular issue concerning their heart and soul. Congress party has firm belief that the issue should be collectively fought by people of both hills and valley without any political affiliation.
Rejecting the state BJP leaders’ criticism that Congress party is taking political mileage out of Framework Agreement, Gaikhangam asserted that being a sensitive issue, it would be right for all political parties to collectively mount pressure on the Central government rather than criticising one another, he said, adding that Congress and BJP alone could not save Manipur.
It would be better for state BJP leaders to join the current movement launched by Congress party to save Manipur and block the Framework Agreement before it is finalised and balkanise the state, he said.
The sit-in-protest organised by Hiyanglam Block Congress Committee was also attended by former chief minister O Ibobi Singh, MPCC president TN Haokip, MLA Md Fajur Rahim and other party leaders. MPCC has been organising such protests at different parts of the state since November 12 to demand disclosure of the Framework Agreement details.
Speaking at the protest, MPCC vice president and former Hiyanglam MLA E Dwijamani pointed out that the demand raised by NSCN (IM), NPF, UNC for integration of Naga inhabited areas is more than 60 years old and hence it could not be settled without appeasing them at least to some extent.