Cong rejected many provisions of Naga talks: Ibobi

Reiterating the party’s stand on the integrity of Manipur, former chief minister and leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Okram Ibobi said that his government rejected several provisions of the Indo-Naga peace agreement, which might affect the interest and integrity of the state.

The party organised a protest meet on Wednesday at Wabagai Lamkhai Keithel as part of its ongoing campaign to demand disclosure of contents of the Framework Agreement signed between Government of India and NSCN-IM.

Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi informed that during the Congress rule, his government prevailed upon the Centre for regular meeting between CMs of neighouring states of Nagaland and the interlocutor of the peace talks. In many of those meetings, the interlocutor brought up several proposals that might affect the interest and integrity of Manipur. However, proposals detrimental to Manipur were outrightly rejected and stood firmly for the state and its people, he said.

The then Congress government also banned Th Muivah from entering the state as it would mean violation of the ground rules of cease fire and create more complications in the future. On the other hand, the BJP government is keeping everyone in the dark regarding the Framework Agreement. As such, there is always an apprehension among the people that there could be some hidden agenda in the framework agreement and hence the Congress party is demanding the BJP government to disclose the contents, Ibobi added.

Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam slammed the BJP government in the state for its repeated assurances over the Framework Agreement while doing nothing to disclose the contents.

As the party is claiming that the agreement has nothing that will affect the interest and integrity of Manipur, they must have already known the contents and if that is the case, they (BJP) should disclose it to the public, he demanded.

At any cost, Congress will not accept any kind of autonomy within the state, be it in territory, cultural, economy or others, he said, while adding that it would mean sowing seeds of bifurcation.
He also criticised the BJP Yuva Morcha activists for burning copies of Poknapham daily just days after the CM called for upholding and respecting the freedom of press.

On the other hand, the government has reduced security and vehicles for opposition MLAs. At first, they thought that the arrangement must be for Sangai Festival. However, additional security have been added to many BJP MLAs and ministers. Besides, the government is providing security to some of its members without considering the norms, Gaikhangam said.

Stating that reducing or increasing security should be done based on the report of Security Assessment Committee, the former Dy CM said that the government should be held responsible if anything untoward happens to the opposition MLAs. He also said that the Congress government during its 15 years of rule gave equal treatment to all members of the assembly irrespective of ruling or opposition. However, the BJP government is showing biasness in this regard, he lamented.

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a double standard person, MPCC president TN Haokip said that the BJP government at the Centre is instigating the NE states against one another.
MLA Fajur Rahim, MPCC vice-president E Dwijamani, ex-MLA Amin Shah and MPCC general secretary S Manaobi were among others who attended the meet.

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