Manipur: 8 former lawmakers slam state and central govt for not working sincerely to end state violence; demand action against 10 Kuki MLAs

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Imphal, Oct 4:  Eight former lawmakers of Manipur came down heavily on the incumbent BJP-led government in strife-torn Manipur for its inability to resolve the crisis unfolding in the state.

Addressing a joint press conference held at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, today, the former legislators said that there is no point of existence of the government when nothing could be done to resolve the crisis even after five months since the eruption of the violence on May 3 last.

“It would be better to abolish such a toothless government,” they added.

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The former MLAs who attended the press conference are O Joy, RK Anand, N Mangi, P Sharatchandra, Y Surchandra, L Jayentakumar, I Hemochandra and Dr Nimaichand Luwang.

They slammed the Central government for remaining watching without doing anything even as Manipur is burning for the last five months while asking if Manipur is not a state of India.

The former lawmakers alleged that the Manipur government was not working sincerely to end the violence.

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O Joy asked the reason behind the BJP-led government in the state for not taking up any action against the 10 Kuki MLAs who raised the separate administration demand.

He said that no action has so far been initiated against the 10 Kuki MLAs who openly challenge the territorial integrity of Manipur.

The 10 Kuki MLAs failed to uphold their duties as members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. They must be expelled from the Assembly, he demanded.

The former lawmakers also asked why the Centre did not abrogate the suspension of operation (SoO) with the Kuki militant groups even as they revealed that these groups are joining hands with the foreign militants in the crisis.

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They said that the Union Home minister as well as the state chief minister had stated the crisis in Manipur arose out of infiltration of foreign narco-terrorists into the state.

They alleged that the government at the Centre is not taking interest in resolving the crisis. “Instead, they remained focused on the campaign for the upcoming elections to the Lok Sabha due by early part of next year,” they added.

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