MPP questions sincerity of Centre on Naga integration issue

The starting from former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao's Congress-led government up to the current PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, the claim of conscientious support by the successive governments towards Naga Integration movement is highly suspicious, Manipur People's Party (MPP) president O Jugindro has stated.

Jugindro made the statement during the observance of 50th foundation day of MPP held at its office located behind Mapal Kangjeibung here, Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, O Jugindro questioned the sincerity of the state Congress party in the light of their ongoing protests against non-disclosure of the contents of Framework Agreement, when in fact, it is the Indian National Congress led by its then secretary Shilbhadra Yadav which signed a joint agreement with United Naga Integration Council declaring their support to Naga integration movement.

Pointing out that MPP was present at the time of signing the agreement, he remarked that the Congress Party's current behaviour is a pretence and insincere.

He further pointed out that when PM Modi came to Manipur some time back he had assured that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will be repealed from the state as soon as possible, but the Act is yet to be scrapped from the state. Thus, the tactics used by the centre, either during the time of Narasimha Rao or Modi, towards bringing about a solution to the Naga Integration Movement is highly questionable, he remarked.

Stating that MPP has been created with the goal of maintaining love and peace among different communities of the state, Jugindro maintained that his party will restore peace in the state if it is elected to power, while adding that regionalism and continued mistrust of the people against the national political parties is on the rise.

MPP Development Committee president L Krishnadas said that MPP was instrumental in development of many valuable resources of the state when it formed the government for few years, but many of these resources have been lost after national political parties came to power in the state. If MPP retains power, it will provide employment opportunities to the youth of the state by setting up factories, he added.

Stressing that the issue of territorial integrity can be resolved only by unification of the people, he appealed to the people to support MPP, which has been created under a set regionalism ideology, in bringing about peace in the land.

The function was also attended by MPP Working president M Amutombi; Working president Saratkumar Maimom; Vice President Y Bhim; Vice President Y Priyokumar; Vice President A Sidam Meitei; vice president Ch Samjai; Zilla Parishad (Changangei) Sinam Rahul; and Zilla Parishad (Langthabal) L Roshan.

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