High time for political parties to unite on FA: UCM
IMPHAL, 1st Oct: Censuring the protracted Framework Agreement inked between NSCN (IM) and Government of India through which the outfit is demanding separate flag and constitution for Nagas settling in different parts of north east states, United Committee Manipur (UCM) has asserted that it is high time for the ruling and opposition parties in the state to stand united against the forthcoming ‘threatening’ outcome of the agreement by shunning their political infighting.
Making the assertion during a political party meeting on the approaching conclusion of the agreement organised by the committee at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound here on Tuesday, UCM president Sunil Karam stated that the meeting was held to discuss the key roles to be played by different political parties on core issues that threaten the state in various forms, which they utterly failed to do so in the June 18 incident where 18 people lost their lives during a protest demonstration staged in 2001 against the inclusion of ‘without territorial limit’ in the Bangkok Declaration signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India.
He elucidated that forefathers of the state had always stood for safeguarding the collective integrity of the land and as such the onus lies on all the political parties to protect the integrity and boundary of Manipur by doing away with political dissention.
He recalled that UCM had organised four rallies against the threat posed to the state by the Naga peace process, wherein lakhs of people including representatives of different communities and political parties took part and that the committee, AMUCO and CSSK also submitted memorandums to the state government, Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and interlocutor RN Ravi who has been appointed as the governor of Nagaland against any outcome of the peace talk that would jeopardise the territorial integrity and harmonious co-existence amongst the different communities of the state.
In protest against the unwarranted statement given by RN Ravi in the national media that the centre is mulling to constitute a separate territorial council for Nagas living in different parts of the north east, UCM organised a mass rally on October 31, 2018 and adopted a unanimous resolution. The committee still stands by the three-point resolution and six-point memorandum with regard to the vexed Framework Agreement which was signed in secrecy, he stated.
Accusing the centre of always putting the territorial integrity and boundary of Manipur in danger just to please a particular group, Sunil averred that concerted efforts should be put in by all the political parties of the state to join hands together against any adversary including the Naga peace accord, otherwise a time will come when the state would encounter the same situation witnessed in Jammu & Kashmir from where Article 379 was repealed by the centre forcefully.
Addressing the gathering, BJP spokesperson S Tiken assured the people that his party would never allow infringement on territorial integrity and alteration of boundary of the state for whatsoever reasons and as far as the demand served by NSCN (IM) for a separate flag and a separate constitution for Nagas is concerned, the Union Home Minister has already made it clear that the centre will not accept the demand.
He also assured that BJP-led coalition government in the state has been making hard efforts for sustained development both in the hills and valley and the party will never work against the wish of the people.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) general secretary Hareshwar Goswami stated that the Congress has been in the forefront when it comes to opposing the Framework Agreement which is evident from the restriction clamped by the previous government led by the party on the visit of NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah to his hometown (Ukhrul) in 2010.
UCM vice-president Ksh Somorendro; consultative members RK Ranendrajit and H Ibotombi Khuman moderated the meeting which resolved against any threat to the unity and territorial integrity of the state by the Framework Agreement; alteration of boundary of the land and formation of Pan Naga Cultural Province.
Out of 18 political organisations active in the state and intimated to attend the meet, representatives of only nine parties were present to share their respective views on the issue.