|Manipur Cong hits out at Govt over special House session|
IMPHAL, Nov 9 - The Congress party in Manipur has said that the BJP-led coalition Government in the State is unwilling to convene a special session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly as it cannot face the Opposition.
The Manipur Government has lately been under pressure to convene a special State Assembly session to adopt a fresh resolution on protection of the State territory on the one hand, and against any “ethnic-based administrative arrangement” on the other.
Despite the mounting pressure from the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and Opposition parties, the N Biren Singh-led Government has not taken any decision to convene a special Assembly session, said the State Congress.
Addressing a press conference at his official residence in Bapupara here, Opposition leader and former Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh asked the Manipur Government to cite the reasons behind its refusal to convene a special session at this “crucial juncture”.
Congress legislators, including CWC member Gaikhangam, was present during the press conference.
The former three-time Chief Minister stated that this was not the time for differences among political parties.
“All the political parties, including the ruling and the Opposition, should stand united and firm for safeguarding the geographical boundary of the State,” Ibobi Singh asserted. “There is no meaning of being in politics if we cannot stand united for safeguarding the territorial integrity of Manipur,” he maintained.
The Opposition leader said that there must be some reasons behind the Centre sending a large number of security personnel to the State.
He reiterated that the Congress has a clear stand on protecting the geographical boundary of the State at any cost and will oppose any plan from any quarters to have a territorial council based on ethnic lines “that will affect the integrity of the State in future”.
The former Chief Minister called upon all political parties and civil society organisations to stand united for safeguarding the integrity of Manipur.
Manipur has been witness to a mass movement against the backdrop of the Naga peace talks and their possible fallout on the State.