Central leaders invisible as issues plague state: CPI

IMPHAL,7th Aug: Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary Laishram Sotinkumar has stated that CPI Manipur State Council would be taking up stringent steps to resolve the issues currently plaguing the state. Addressing media persons at Irawat Bhawan, BT Road here Tuesday, Sotinkumar said that both the central and state governments have been unable to solve the MU issue till date. Professor AP Pandey was appointed as VC of MU by the handiworks of BJP and RSS. The present issue came about after he failed to properly carry out his duties as VC of a university, the CPI leader noted.

He terms as unfortunate that the state government is remaining silent over the issue. It is also shameful that CM Biren is unable to bravely tell the centre to remove VC Pandey as there is no other option. The VC in-charge himself had said that he had assumed the office on August 2 out of necessity and that he will not work without the consent of the students and teachers, Sotinkumar recalled.

Earlier, many central leaders used to regularly come to the state. However, with the emergence of various issues, no central leader has shown his/her face in the state. If they are to serve the people, they must know what the people of Manipur want.

CPI MP D Raja raised the issues of Manipur in Parliament, which the state’s own MPs did not think of doing. Thus, CPI Manipur State Council would be taking up stringent steps to resolve the various issues plaguing the state, Sotinkumar reiterated. He further condemned the rally taken towards MU by BJP workers and other hired people under the alleged instruction of BJP MLAs and ministers in order to portray the protests of the students in poor light. Such acts will never be a solution to the issue. It would be better if attention was given on removing the VC instead, the secretary asserted.

Questioning how VC AP Pandey became the chairman of a UGC team that visited St Joseph's College, Jakhama, Nagaland on August 5 if he was given leave on August 2, Sotinkumar said that the whole situation indicates strong political influence. He further condemned the protest on Monday which left students and teachers injured. CPI will continue to give whatever support that is necessary with regard to MU issue. It would be wise for the government to concede to the demand of MUSU, MUTA and MUSA and save the future of students, he remarked.

The present state government is an incompetent and weak government, as it has not yet called an All Political Party meet to discuss ways to oppose extension of Article 371 (A) in Manipur under the Framework Agreement; Border pillar issues; Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC issue, the state secretary observed.

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