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The state today: blame the representatives

The state today is reeling under serious crisis. Bandh , agitations and general strike on various issues have once more become a daily affairs. Students’ now started facing disturbances, proposed midterm exam have to be postponed, private entrepreneurs have to remain shut and the old lady who use to come at Imphal Khwairambandh Keithel to earn a day meal for their children now were once more left with tears on their eyes. Bandh and general strike which had already forgotten by the people for nearly 2 and half years now is hunting the people once again.

The previous government led by Congress received maximum criticism due to the frequent bandh and blockade. And after the coming of the BJP government in March  , 2017, the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh first agenda was to eradicate the bandh culture and he had shown that for around two years. There were relieves to the parents of the state as they felt safe to the career of their children. The private entrepreneurs felt that they can grow their business and the social thinkers thought that daily wage earner who live on hand to mouth would no longer starve.

It was after this government nearly completed 2 and half years that the same regalia that had witnessed by the people of the state during the previous government regime seem to return. After some Ministers and some BJP MLAs started demanding replacement of the Chief Minister, people started witnessing any things like bandh blockade, general strike etc.   While saying so it is not that there might be possibility of the rebel MLAs inciting the various sections of people to create chaos in the state. But what Imphal Times felt is that the lack of coordination among the cabinet Ministers, MLAs had already made the government helpless in running the governance. 

At present the farmers are waiting for water, the manual sand miner labourers are left with no choice but to go with the intense agitation by excavators and truck owners.

As those running the government fails to seat together and discussed the issue together to make a collective decision in solving the problem, how on the earth would one expect running a good governance.

The present chaos in the society is the result of the political instability in the state. It is over 2 months and keeping it in the way as it is without finding any solution is nothing but an attempt to crumble the government so that the center could impose President Rule in the state. Interlocutor to the government of India RN Ravi had taken oath of office as the governor of Nagaland and when acting as the interlocutor, RN Ravi had made many assurances to settle the Naga issue.

Solving the contentious issue of the NSCN-IM – what would have been the best time. Obviously it will be the president rule.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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