Ra­j­nath Singh Speaks to Zeliang, Prom­ises Cen­tral Mon­i­tor­ing

Home secy to mon­i­tor sit­u­a­tion in both Na­ga­land & Ma­nipur

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: Amid con­tin­ued block­ade of the na­tional high­way in Ma­nipur and ris­ing un­rest in the North­east, Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh­has­spo­ken­toNa­ga­landChief Min­is­ter T R Zeliang and de­puted home sec­re­tary Ra­jeev Mehrishi to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in both Na­ga­land and Ma­nipur.

Mean­while, joint sec­re­tary (North­East) in the home min­istry, Satyen­dra Garg chaired a tripartite meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the gov­ern­ment of Ma­nipur and United Naga Coun­cil (UNC), in the cap­i­tal on Fri­day. “The sit­u­a­tion is be­ing mon­i­tored per­son­ally by the home sec­re­tary him­self and both minis- ters are be­ing ap­prised of the de­vel­op­ments every few hours,” a se­nior of­fi­cial said. The UNC has con­tin­ued their eco­nomic block­ade on two na­tional high­ways, which has con­se­quently led to short­age of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties in the state.

PRO­TEC­TIVE MODE

The un­rest in the state that be­gan with the creation of seven new dis­tricts by the state gov­ern­ment led to es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence, has al­ready left two peo­ple dead and prompted the home min­istry to send cen­tral forces to con­tain the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion. Ma­nipur elec­tions are sched­uled to be held on March 4 and 8 and po­lit­i­cal big­wigs such as Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi are re­port­edly plan­ning to visit the state for elec­tions cam­paign­ing.

Se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cials on Fri­day have also asked Assam Ri­fles to en­sure safety of T R Zeliang, amid on­go­ing vi­o­lent protests in parts of the state protest­ing 33% reser­va­tion for women in Ur­ban Lo­cal Bod­ies (ULBs).

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