STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 5th Jan:
One thing that Congress could not do but BJP can is to develop good ties with NSCN-IM, said MPCC spokesperson and MLA Kh Joykisan.
He was speaking as chief guest of the 58th foundation day of Northern Students’ Club, Khundrakpam held on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Joykisan ridiculed the claim of BJP recovering the ‘lost ties’ between hill and valley people while stating that relation between hills and valley has always been in good terms during the Congress rule. Congress winning nine seats out of 20 in the hill areas is something which no party could achieve in the last state assembly election.
There are scores of developmental works taken up by the Congress government and the only thing that Congress could not do is to develop good relation with NSCN-IM like BJP is doing today, the MLA stated wryly. It would be better if BJP claims this achievement though time will tell if there is any hidden reason behind this good relationship, he said.
Despite this, Congress has no grudge against NSCN-IM or BJP. However, affecting the interest of Manipur while trying to bring a final solution to the Naga issue is something that the Congress or the people of the state could never agree upon, he added.
At the beginning, BJP tried its best to mislead the public about the series of protest carried out by Congress demanding disclosure of the contents of Framework Agreement. However, Congress was successful in making BJP realise the situation, which led to the unanimous resolution taken in the state assembly for pressing the same to the Centre with MLAs of all parties including BJP and NPF signing the resolution, Joykisan said.
Expressing concern over the public opinions regarding the ILPS movement, the MLA said that JCILPS is not remaining silent as seen by people.
At the same time, implementing an Act to safeguard the indigenous communities of the state is also the responsibility of the people of the state not just of JCILPS.
Assam had passed citizenship act, which led to de-recognition of several population of Assam from its citizenship. In such a situation, settlement of those non-citizen populations of Assam has become a big question and a matter of concern for Manipur as there are possibilities of these ousted people sneaking into the state. As such, implementation of ILPS or a similar act is the need of the hour and CSOs as well as public of the state need to raise their voice and press the government for the same. As for Congress, it has been bringing up the matter in the assembly and will continue to do so, he affirmed.
Stressing the need for a carefully planned strategy, he said that future generation will blame the present one if the government fails to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur. He also cited implementation of MLR&LR Act as an example of past mistakes stating that this legislation is the main reason behind the misunderstanding between hills and valley.
He also slammed the BJP government in the state as well as at the Centre for not taking enough initiatives towards ensuring justice in the mysterious death of Pravish Chanam and disappearance of Taorem Bitu.
MLA K Meghachandra, who was also present on the occasion, deliberated on the role of local clubs in bringing developmental change in the society. He urged the club members to discuss with their local MLAs for taking up development works in their localities. He also appreciated MLA Th Lokeshwar for bringing developmental changes in his constituency with sincere efforts.
Khundrakpam GP pradhan Abujam Ibochou and executive members of the club were also present at the function.