CPI to court Union Govt over Kishorechandra’s arrest
IMPHAL, 23rd Dec: The issue of detention of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem under NSA has been raised at the CPI National Executive meet where national leaders of the party decided to pressurise the Union government regarding the matter, announced CPI Manipur State Council secretary L Sotinkumar.
Addressing a press conference at Irawat Bhavan here Sunday, Sotinkumar informed that during the recent CPI National Council meeting at Vishakhapatnam on December 19 and 20, many resolutions on state issues were passed.
The meet resolved that the detention of Kishorechandra under NSA is totally illegal and he should be released immediately and the central leaders of the party will pressurise the Central government regarding the matter, he added.
Sotinkumar recalled that other issues that were taken up during the meeting included saffronisation issue under which A P Pandey was appointed as VC of Manipur University, which resulted in a prolonged standoff at the varsity affecting the academic atmosphere. The issue of loss of Manipur’s land due to indifferent attitude of the government of India and ignoring of border pillar 81 dispute by the union government to placate the Myanmarese government was taken up so as to prevail upon the Union government for doing the needful.
The State Executive meet’s resolution to elect Dr M Nara as the party’s candidate for Inner Parliamentary Constituency of Manipur was also tabled at the National Council meet. National leaders of the party were asked to thwart passing of The Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament which aims to ensure settlement of migrant Hindus from other countries in India as it is strongly opposed in North Eastern states. The issue of Framework Agreement and the opposition against it, if it affects the integrity of the state, was made known during the meeting. Extension of draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 for one more year in the state was also strongly opposed by the state party delegation stating that it will never fulfil the wishes of the people of the state, he elaborated.
Sotinkumar expressed disappointment at the four and half years rule of BJP government at the Centre, and stated that the recent defeat of BJP in state elections was due to failure of keeping the promises made by Prime Minster Narendra Modi and its neo-liberal economic policy which favoured few rich people and alienated the 78 per cent poor people of India. And that’s why, the party has resolved to ensure that the communal minded BJP does not return to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha election, he further said.