Talks over NSU positive, KSO Sadar Hills calls off shutdown

Talks over National Sports University issue between the state government and KSO Sadar Hills on Monday ended on a positive note, prompting the students' body to call off its 36-hour total shutdown in the larger interest of resolving the controversial issue harmoniously.

The talks, which lasted for about an hour, began at around 10 am in the CM’s office chamber with chief minister N Biren in the chair. YAS minister Letpao Haokip and social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen also attended the meeting. KSO Sadar Hills president Thangminlen Kipgen led the KSO team, which includes KSO-GHQ president Paotinthang Lupheng, KSO Sadar Hills general secretary Ngamkhohao Haokip and members of KSO Delhi NCR.

Briefing media persons at Kangpokpi DHQ after returning from the state capital, Thangminlen said that the talks between the government and KSO was ‘positive’ for resolving the controversial NSU issue.

“The state government after considering the issue of National Sports University finally responded positively during the talks which subsequently encouraged us to relax the 36-hour total shutdown along National Highway-2”, Thangminlen said.

He continued that CM Biren has entrusted WRD and YAS minister Letpao Haokip and assigned full power to him to resolve the issue amicably within the month of January taking into account the sentiment of stake holders.

He also said that they have witnessed the seriousness of the state government towards resolving the issue of National Sports University, which has started developing communal colour and violence after witnessing many ugly incidents in the recent past.

“Considering the serious commitment of the state government to come up with an amicable solution suitable to all stakeholders within the month of January, we have decided to completely withdraw the 36-hour total shutdown”, the KSO president added.

He also said that KSO only focuses on harmonious solution over the issue of NSU and urged all stakeholders concerned as well as the government not to politicise the issue.

Stating that unwanted incidents might have been averted if the government was committed towards resolving the issue earlier, he, however, said that they appreciate the initiative of the state government.

The major demand of KSO Sadar Hills included rectification of error in connection with allocation of land belonging to Haraothel, now L Tangnaum village to the department of Youth Affairs and Sports for construction of National Sports University by allotting the same under proper channel and proper authority.

The student body also appealed to the people of Manipur more particularly all stakeholders concerned to give more space for amicable solution rather than debating on stories fed by vested individual.

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