STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 17th Dec:
Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Sunday said that NDA government has become synonymous with social unrest in Manipur with its anti-people policies when it comes to Naga peace talks.
He was speaking at a protest meet of MPCC held to demand disclosure of the contents of Framework Agreement at Moirang Khunou in Thanga assembly constituency.
Addressing the gathering, Gaikhangam maintained that UPA government never did anything that might affect the integrity and interest of Manipur. On the other hand, NDA government often brings social unrest in the state when it comes to Naga peace talks.
In the past, NDA government’s ceasefire agreement led to the June 18 uprising after they extended the ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM without territorial limit. Likewise, the Modi government in the Centre is creating a sense of uncertainty among the people of the state by keeping secret the contents of the Framework Agreement signed with NSCN-IM.
Asserting that the series of protest meet organised by MPCC is not an opportunity to claim political mileage but an initiative to ensure integrity of the state in terms of territory, administration and culture, he also slammed the BJP government in the state for not declaring its common minimum programme while dubbing the Biren government as a government without any vision.
He also called BJP a double standard party stating that the party retracted its assurances given to the people before the assembly election and joined hands with NPF to form the government.
Gaikhangam further compared the Framework Agreement with a time bomb, which is waiting for the pre-set time to get exploded.
Former chief minister Okram Ibobi said that Congress party will never remain silent if the Framework Agreement contains any provisions that may affect the age-old fraternal bond between the hill and valley people of the state.
Clarifying that the series of protest of MPCC is not against NSCN-IM or Nagaland, Ibobi said that most of the cadres of NSCN-IM are from Manipur and Congress party regards them as their own brethren. However, it is unfortunate for some individuals or organisations to mislead the public about the protest meets of Congress, which is only demanding the Centre to disclose the contents of the agreement, he added.
MLA Govindas Konthoujam, ex-MLA T Mangibabu and other Congress leaders were also present at the protest meet organised by Thanga Kendra Block Congress Committee.