Manipur legislators rush to Delhi; press Centre to end crisis

Newmai News Network

Imphal: A delegation of MLAs of ruling parties including two ministers left Imphal for New Delhi today reportedly to put strong pressure on the Centre for ending the crisis plaguing Manipur for the last more than four months.

Sources said that the delegation comprising 17 MLAs and two ministers will seek appointment to meet the Prime Minister besides meeting with other Central leaders including Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nada and press them to take up steps for ending the prevailing crisis in Manipur.

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The delegation will convince the Central leaders of various demands raised by the people of the state, the sources added.

The two ministers included in the delegation are Education minister Th Basantakumar and Social Welfare minister H Dingo.  

Health minister Dr Sapam Ranjan and Works minister K Govindas will also join the delegation, sources disclosed.

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It is said that the delegation will not return to Imphal until the Centre gives a concrete commitment to end the crisis unfolding in the state since May 3 last, within a time-bound period.

The Delhi visit of the ministers and MLAs came days after as many as 23 MLAs of the ruling parties including some ministers signed a resolution, pledging to protect the territorial integrity of the strife-torn state while responding to a campaign by Youths of Manipur (YoM), a newly formed organization of youths.

The MLAs also resolved that they would soon proceed to Delhi to persuade the Central leadership to find a solution to the present crisis at the earliest.

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The MLAs signed the resolution drafted by the YoM when they (YoM members) met them in their respective residences or quarters in the last few days.

The resolution read, “It is unanimously resolved by all the undersigned members of the Legislative Assembly that we would stand for the territorial integrity of the State of Manipur and no form of separate administration will be agreed to by us.”

The YoM leaders also met with the chief minister last Monday as part of their campaign and pressed him (CM) to take legal action against the 10 Kuki MLAs who demanded a separate administration in Manipur.

They also raised demands like convening of a special Assembly session to discuss the matter and the National Register of Citizens exercise in the state.

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