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Opposition’s stand: a new turning point in Manipur’s history

by Rinku Khumukcham
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2 day of sitting is very short when the state is plaguing with multiple issues. Speaker’s ruling to continue the session as it has been already adopted by the Business Advisory Committee faced strong opposition with members of the Congress party demanding review of the BAC meeting so that the session extends to discuss the burning issues of the state.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s statement at the beginning of the session also revealed the reality that the state is now in the frying pan with multiple issues among which some are outside the purview of the state government. Presenting his speech in the august House Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that his government has been working all possible way to end the ongoing prolong impasse at Manipur University which now spread beyond the University complex. The leader of the House also presented reported one after another on how his government has been working days and night since the beginning of the strike stating that a team comprising of BJP leaders including himself he urged all concern to do the needful as per the desire of the Manipur University Community. He also presented how his government has been urging the central authority to bring a solution to the alleged boundary pillar dispute between along Indo-Myanmar border in Tengnoupal district of Manipur.
Everything he presented had already been published at many local dailies. Luckily under the initiative of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly the speech presented by the Chief Minister was able to watch by all the people of the state as it was telecast live in Doordashan Kendra Imphal.
The speech delivered by the chief minister showed lack of understanding to the problems plaguing the state. Of course some common people who have never gone through the Manipur University Act or those who are not expert in the field of International boundary matter would have some sympathy to the Chief Minister. But to those who are dealing with the multiple issues it can be easily noted that the Chief Minister is desperate. His stand and bold statement turns out to be only another media stunt as important matters of the state are discussed thoroughly in the state assembly as the session is represented by elected representative of the state. When the Chief says that as the present issues including the MU and BP, are for the people all are welcome for discussion and should make no difference, it again turn out to be another tactics to fool the public as matters discussed and adopted at the assembly session decides the fate of the state.
When there are multiple issues which hurt the sentiment of the people, why the BAC is approving only two days sitting. Well, the Opposition have done their duty by urging the speaker of the house to review the BAC sitting so that it could be extended for more days to discuss the problems.
Many times almost all leaders talk about dialogue as the only solution. Debate over issues grinds the dirt and finally brought a conclusion so that the state prospers.
Using lathi, and tear gas shell (that too expired one) is not the solution. The real debate should be in the house and a two day sitting is a real insult to not only the opposition Congress Party but also to all the people of the state.
For the first time, since Imphal Times starts publication, the state witness the opposition walking out for the cause of the people in protest against the speaker’s ruling.
The actual face of democracy is showing its true face. If the opposition stands firm that people across the country will feel the joy of living in a democratic country.

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