N Biren should step down, appoint neutral CM to facilitate peace talks: JD(U) Manipur unit

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Imphal: The Janata Dal (United) Manipur submitted a seven-point memorandum, including demand to revoke Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the Kuki militants to Union Home Minister Amit Shah through Manipur Security Advisor Kuldiep Singh on Thursday.

Among the seven-point memorandum, JD(U) has demanded to include opening of National Highway-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road), relief and resettlement package for displaced people and concrete steps to bring peace in Manipur.

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Addressing media at JD(U) Manipur branch office near 2nd Manipur Rifles on Thursday, the party’s spokesperson, Samuel Jendai said, negotiation and talks for restoration of peace can happen after appointing a neutral Chief Minister in Manipur.

Samuel Jendai opined that Chief Minister N Biren Singh should step down and pave the way for a neutral chief minister to facilitate peace talks between conflicting parties.  Samuel Jendai said war will not bring peace but only dialogues between conflicting parties. He added that both the conflicting parties should make some sacrifices, compromises and surrender to each other to bring peace.

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Taking part in the press meet, JD(U) Manipur chief spokesperson, Dr. Nimaichand Luwang condemned that Kuki militants under SoO are still attacking civilians despite Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s warning of stern actions against violation of ground rules.

He further said people of Manipur and JD(U) had high hopes of Amit Shah’s recent four-day visit to restore normalcy in the state, but violence continued after he left. Dr. Nimaichand Luwang said the party stands firm that peace can be restored only when SoO agreement with Kuki militants is revoked.

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