BJP Govt prefers power over boundary: CPI

IMPHAL, 8th July: CPI Manipur State Council secretary L Sotinkumar has accused the BJP government of snubbing the loss of huge chunk of state’s land to Myanmar in the race of holding on to the power and uuphold the Centre’s nefarious policy even when the state has been losing its territory over and over again.

Addressing media persons at Irabot Bhawan here on Sunday regarding the disputed border pillar no. 81, which is claimed to have been shifted 3 km inside the state’s territory, Sotinkumar said that DC Tengnoupal himself had gone to the actual site of the border pillar following complaints raised by villagers and confirmed the incursion. Several CSOs and political parties had also inspected the ground situation following the confirmation.

Unfortunately, the high power committee formed by the government instead of inspecting the actual site censured Kwatha villagers for making baseless claims while the committee chairman minister Karam Shyam maintained that the border pillar was erected at the present location about 40 years ago, he said while condemning the committee and its chairman.

Manipur had lost its territories at several instances. Starting from conceding Kabaw valley to Myanmar, both the state and central governments have been turning a blind eye when Myanmar army burnt and vandalised houses in Ukhrul district’s Choro village, caused destruction to a saw mill at Haolenphai village near Moreh and incursion at Molcham village, he said.

Recently, union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju also said that there is no question of India conceding its territory to Myanmar while adding that the border pillars were erected following an agreement between the two countries. Terming the statement of Kiren Rijiju as a deliberate act to undermine the issue, Sotinkumar said that CPI will join hands with like-minded political parties and CSOs to safeguard territory of the state.

Even if Assam Rifles is said to be protecting the 394 km long boundary of the state, the force has been doing nothing to oppose incursion. In fact, Assam Rifles is guarding only the two gates at Moreh. On the other hand, the state is facing a serious issue of drugs and illegal immigrants. Despite these, the state and central governments are doing nothing significant to address these issues, he lamented.

Observing that India is a country which has enmity with almost all of its neighbouring countries, the CPI leader said that the Centre is trying to persuade Myanmar to maintain friendly bond by offering state’s land to the country. However, CPI will never accept giving away state’s land to keep holding on to the power by the BJP-led coalition government, he added. He further alleged that the state government is trying to ignore the various issues facing by the state including the border issue.

Informing that CPI had submitted a detailed report about the incidences that led to loss of Manipur’s land to Myanmar to central leaders, he said that the party will bring up the issue in the Parliament. Besides, the party will initiate a series of protest to highlight the issue at the national level, the CPI leader added.

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