Imphal, Feb 11:
Imagi Meira, a prominent advocacy group, is urging Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the position of leader in the Manipur Legislative Assembly, to advance the scheduled assembly session slated for February 28, 2024. Their primary aim is to expedite discussions and decisions on critical matters, specifically regarding the Suspension of Operations, to be conveyed promptly to both the Government of India and the Government of Manipur.
Addressing a press conference at their office in Tera Amudon in Imphal West Imagi Meira Convenor Sujata Thokchom stresses the urgency of convening the assembly session earlier than planned. She emphasizes that if the session commences on February 28 as originally scheduled, the customary address by the Governor of Manipur, Anusuya Uikey, would consume valuable time, leaving insufficient opportunity to address the pressing concerns surrounding the Suspension of Operations. This expedited convening is essential to ensure that the demands of the people of Manipur regarding the abrogation of the Suspension of Operations are duly acknowledged and acted upon.
She passionately articulated her dismay at the apparent disregard of the Manipuri populace by the government. She highlighted a recent event where the Kuki militants took a stand by obstructing and boarding Assam Rifles’ vehicles. She expressed concern over the possibility of this agreement being extended again, emphasizing the urgent need for decisive action to prevent the prolongation of the Suspension of Operations with Kuki militants. Imagi Meira and the people of Manipur are adamant about conveying their stance through the assembly session to dissuade any extension of the agreement.
Reflecting on a specific incident during a visit to a particular location today, Sujata lamented the situation under the current government, which touts itself as a “double engine government.” She highlighted the alarming trend of not only men but also young girls being trained, raising questions about the future prospects and safety of the people of Manipur. She questioned the sincerity of the government’s commitment to the welfare of Manipuri citizens, emphasizing the simplicity of conveying the desires and concerns of the populace to the Central Government if there exists genuine concern and regard for the people of Manipur.