Imphal, July 31,
A day after veteran politician O. Joy Singh announced his resignation from the BJP, the five times MLA from the Langthabal Assembly constituency today led a large number of locals from the surrounding of Manipur University area and showed solidarity to the ongoing relay hunger strike by members of Manipur University community at the University main gate.
The veteran politician who quite the BJP yesterday, was also joined by another veteran politician N. Mangi, who also quite the BJP some days back in the rally showing solidarity to the MU community demand for removal of Prof. AP Pandey from VCship.
Large number people from Kakwa area and surrounding of Manipur University led by the two veteran politicians begins the rally showing solidarity to the MU community agitation demanding removal of AP Pandey from Kakwa Community hall at around 12 noon. Soon after the rally reached the Manipur University main gate Okram Joy said that he along with the people come to join the protest. N. Mangi Singh, another veteran politician who quite the BJP also said that he will support the demand of the MU community and will do whatever he can to save the University from the hand of the saffron party.
The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) announced the relay hunger from July 9 after the Vice Chancellor humiliated the Teachers’ community by not accepting the repeated request to clarify and hold talk with the Manipur University Students’ Union over the Union’s allegations of financial and administrative irregularities. The MUTA’s relay hunger strike was joined by the MUSU and MUSA and since then there is no turning back even as the MUTA earlier stated that the relay hunger strike was announced till July 21.
AP Pandey’s stubbornness and the Union Ministry of Human Resource inaction to the repeated demand of the MUTA, MUSU and MUTA had prompted almost all the Deans, head of departments and Directors of the Manipur University one after another. The agitation later went out of the University complex as the academic activities of higher studies has been affected not only to the University but also to all the colleges affiliated to the Manipur University.
“When all the people of the state stands by the side of the Manipur University Community, why is the BJP government both at the Centre and the state trying to protect the VC AP Pandey”, the angry veteran politician Okram Joy said talking to media.
He further added that the way the government is handling the issue is synonymous with saying that – “Let the people of Manipur burnt to make Pandey continue”, Joy said adding that he will not tolerate such an attitude.
“I will confront , I will give my solidarity to the students” , Okram Joy said.
N. Mangi Singh the former Minister and also former BJP member who contested last state assembly election as BJP candidate said that issues which hurt the sentiment of the people are playing by the BJP in its effort to convert the region into a total saffron state.