The Naga Political Leaders’ Forum Manipur (NPLFM) on Monday suggested that tripartite talks between the Centre, Manipur government and the United Naga Council (UNC) could be a better way to bring about a solution to the present problem.
The forum said that most sections of the society have not been expressing much on the root cause of the current problem. “The economic blockade is the result of the negligence and poor governance of the present state government headed by O Ibobi Singh,” NPLFM said.
The NPLFM recalled that the Nagas have signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Manipur government against the formation of Sadar Hills district. The NPLFM pointed out that when the Congress MLAs/MDCs and other Naga MLAs decided to resign from the Congress party there was a political upheaval. In spite of this, the Chief Minister seems to have sidelined the office procedure in formation of Jiribam and Kangpokpi (Sadar Hills) districts, it added.
It also mentioned that when three Inner Line Permit (ILP) related bills were passed, nine people were killed in Churachandpur and the last rites of the deceased are yet to be performed till today.
Further, NPLFM alleged that when the Union Home Secretary came to Manipur and discussed the matter to solve it, the Chief Minister had said, “Don’t interfere in my state’s affairs, law and order problem is a state subject.” “And now, the Chief Minister has accused the Centre of not paying any heed to the current problem which is a self-contradicting statement.”
The people of Manipur did not demand seven new districts, but only Sadar Hills and Jiribam districts, it said, and expressed surprise that seven new districts were created within a span of few hours by the government. According to MLR & LR Act, the hill areas of Manipur are not under the purview of Revenue and hence the order creating these districts can be treated as unconstitutional, NPLFM said.
Alleging that the creation of seven districts has proven to be a failure, it demanded that the decision should be withdrawn at the earliest for the betterment of the society.