Imphal: The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday alleged that the BJP government in Manipur is fooling the people. The MPCC was reacting to the letter of the Manipur government sent to the Ministry Home Affairs on the issue.
The state government on June 22 wrote the Ministry of Home Affairs requesting the latter to suspend the fencing work between BP 81 and 82 until the dispute is resolved.
Addressing a press conference today, MPCC vice president, Hareshwar Goswami alleged that it was nothing but fooling the people and to suppress the people’s movement on the issue. He also said that it is not only the border pillar (BP) 81 and 82 but there were disputes at other border pillars too.
There were disputes in the erection of new border pillars 64 to 68 at Tuibai-Molchang area, from BP 73 to 75 at Hollenphai area, BP 95 to 99 at Moreh area, from BP 80 to 83 in Kwatha area and from BP 88 to 95 at Choro Khunou area, according to the MPCC leader. He further said that the border disputes exist for nearly 350 kilometers but sidelining the other disputed areas, the BJP government is requesting the Home Ministry to suspend the border fencing between BP 81 and 82.
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The MPCC vice president then claimed that the disputes at the said border pillars were found during a visit by a team of MPCC led by him recently. During the visit, the team examined the disputed areas and also held interactions with the villagers who strongly disagreed with the sites where the new border pillars were erected. “If it is not fooling the people, what is the motive behind it?” he asked.
Goswami said that when sitting Lok Sabha MP, Dr RK Ranjan contested the last elections to the Lok Sabha on the BJP ticket, he had published a leaflet. In the leaflet, it is clearly mentioned that a large chunk of Manipur’s land is being lost to Myanmar due to shifting of the international border pillars and border fencing work. Since then, no fresh demarcation of the border was done so far. However, when Ranjan became the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, he remained silent by not taking up the matter in any way. “He should clarify the matter to the people of Manipur”, the MPCC leader demanded.
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