Imphal, Dec 21: Ongoing winter session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly today re-iterated the earlier resolution for protection of the territorial integrity of the state and resolve to intimate the centre another resolution adopted today in addition with a clause for disclosure of the contents of the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM.
A calling attention motion moved by Congress MLA Kh. Joykishan urging the Chief Minister of Manipur also in-charge of Home to spell out the details of the Framework Agreement between the GoI and the NSCN-IM has been converted into a short duration discussion after 10 opposition MLAs submitted proposal for converting the calling attention to short discussion in the interest of the people of the state. Opposition leader Okram Ibobi and Congress MLA Gaikhangam too joined the other 10 opposition MLA urging the speaker to accept the proposal of the fellow opposition MLAs.
The proposal was accepted by the leader of the house Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and discussion over the issue begins.
Interestingly, every member of the house including NPF member Awangbou Newmai expressed his opinion that the solution which is likely to brought between the two entity should not distort the communal harmony of the region.
“The agreement should be amicable solution and that should not hurt the sentiment of others”, Awangbou Newmai who is in the treasury bench said.
Opposition Leader of the house Okram Ibobi, who had served the state as Chief Minister for three consecutive term narrated on how the Congress Party he belongs to negate the signing of the framework agreement without revealing the contents.
“A group of Nagaland MLAs had met AICC President Sonia Gandhi soon after the signing of the FA on August 3, 2015 seeking support from the congress Party”, Ibobi said and added that during the meeting Sonia Gandhi had rejected the proposal for support of the Framework agreement on the ground that she being a leader of the opposition had not been informed about the FA neither the matter was brought to the notice of the Congress Party nor reveal the details of the contents.
“The FA was signed in a hurried manner without informing none of the neighbouring state of Nagaland including Manipur, I am not informed about it”, Ibobi added.
He further said as soon as the news about the Framework Agreement was signed, Okram Ibobi said that he rushed to New Delhi and met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked why the state government has not been consulted before the signing of the agreement.
Ibobi said that the Home Minister did not give any details of the agreement even though he was the Chief Minister of the state that time.
“Not only me even the legislatures and the civil society leaders of the Nagaland state were not let known what was there in the Framework Agreement”, Okram Ibobi said.
He also added that he believed that the Framework Agreement might not have been disclosed even to the present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.
Leader of the House , N. Biren Singh who is also the Chief Minister of Manipur said that his government is very much concerned about the development after the signing of the Framework Agreement. He said time and again the Manipur Legislative Assembly had adopted resolution for protection of the Integrity of the state. He said as there has been already resolution adopted the house need to reiterate the resolution in addition to the clause for disclosure of the contents of the Frame work Agreement.
All MLAs in both the treasury and the Opposition bench were unanimous in taking decision on the matter
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