BJP Rule at Cen­tre is Dan­ger­ous for Manipur

Cong leader wants NSCN-IM, BJP pact to be made pub­lic

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Gaikhangam, the deputy chief min­is­ter of Manipur, is eye sore for mil­i­tant out­fits. His tirade against mil­i­tant out­fits has in­vited as many as 18 life at­tempts where he had prov­i­den­tial es­cape be­sides his con­voy has faced sev­eral am­bushes. In an in­ter­view to ET’s Bikash Singh, Gaikhangam said the BJP gov­ern­ment at Cen­tre is al­ways omi­nous to the state of Manipur and there is a nexus between the BJP, United Naga Coun­cil (UNC), NSCN-IM and Naga Peo­ples Front (NPF).

Why frame­work agree­ment with the NSCN-IM is an is­sue in poll-bound Manipur de­spite the as­sur­ance from the Cen­tre that the agree­ment will not harm its in­ter­est

When­ever the BJP comes to power in the Cen­tre, it’s omi­nous for Manipur. BJP is dan­ger­ous for Manipur. On 18 June, 2001, when cease­fire with the NSCN-IM was ex­tended be­yond the ter­ri­to­rial lim­its, there was a prob­lem. Eigh­teen lives were lost, gov­ern­ment prop­er­ties were dam­aged. It was the BJP regime then. They could have avoided it.

Again there was BJP gov­ern­ment in the Cen­tre when frame­work agree­ment with the NSCN-IM was signed. This is an­other threat to Manipur again un­leashed by the BJP under Prime Min­is­ter Modi. Peo­ple of Manipur are ask­ing to make the agree­ment pub­lic. If it is not a se­cret doc­u­ment, why is the BJP gov­ern­ment not mak­ing it pub­lic? The Congress gov­ern­ment has in the past done ac­cords which in­clude the As­sam ac­cord, Mizo ac­cord and Pun­jab agree­ment but is it not a fact that all th­ese doc­u­ments are pub­lic doc­u­ments and af­ter that peace was re­stored in the re­spec­tive states. The Cen­tre has not con­sulted the state gov­ern­ment be­fore sign­ing the agree­ment.

Manipur is reel­ing under eco­nomic block­ade since Novem­ber1. Why has the state gov­ern­ment not con­sid­ered us­ing force to clear the block­ade?

In­def­i­nite eco­nomic block­ade is spon­sored by UNC which is the frontal or­gan­i­sa­tion of NSCN-IM and NPF is the spon­sored po­lit­i­cal wing of NSCN-IM. Eco­nomic block­ade is a vi­cious cir­cle. NPF is a part­ner of the NDA gov­ern­ment. This is how the BJP is in­volved in the block­ade. In lo­cal level in hill ar­eas, the BJP and the NPF have joined hands in district coun­cils. NSCN-IM is hav­ing di­a­logues with the BJP-led gov­ern­ment in the Cen­tre; NSCN is flout­ing cease­fire ground rules. They use vi­o­lence, re­sort to kid­nap­ping. If the Cen­tre was se­ri­ous enough they could have warned UNC and NSCN-IM. The BJP is say­ing that if chief min­is­ter Ibobi Singh steps down they can lift eco­nomic block­ade in two days, which means they can lift the block­ade but they are not do­ing it. So in­volve­ment of the BJP in the block­ade is noth­ing but ob­vi­ous. Use of force is the last re­sort. We don’t want to cre­ate any prob­lem for in­no­cent peo­ple.

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