Imphal, July 1:
Union Home Minister of State for Home Affair Kiren Rijiju’s statement over the border encroachment by Myanmar authority at Manipur’s Tengnoupal district sparks anger to the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee prompting the Spokespersons to called an immediate press conference.
“There is no dispute on the border issue between India and Myanmar”, the Union Home Minister of State Kiren Rijiju was quoted as saying by local media, at a time when even the deputy commissioner of the Tengnoupal district had stated that the Myanmar authority had reinstated Border Pillar no. 81 , 3 Km inside the territory of India.
“Has the BJP government accepted and gave permission to the Myanmar government to occupy the Manipur’s territory as an appeasement policy for building strong relation ties with the Myanmar government?”, Spokesperson of the MPCC , MLA Joykishan asked the BJP authority.
MLA Yamthang Haokip and MLA Okram hennery was also present during the press conference held today afternoon at Congress Bhavan today afternoon.
Joykishan further said that almost every stakeholder of the states including the CSOs, political parties and the villagers knew that Manipur’s land has been encroached. A 7 member Congress delegation had also visited the border Pillar and learnt that the Deputy Commissioner Radhakumar was right. Villagers also stated that the Myanmar army and the Indian counterpart were seen at the site sometimes back and after the Indian army left the Myanmar army reinstated the border pillar at the site which is 3 Km inside the territory of India.
Joykishan said that if the BJP government is sacrificing the Manipur’s land for building good relations to counter the Chinese influence to Myanmar then the Congress will not remain quiet.
“We will go with all the people and political party whoever is interested in protecting the territory of the state even by crossing the party line for the territory of Manipur , Kh. Joykishan said.
On the other hand , Joykishan also asked the government, the reason behind the abolishing of the all party committee headed by the MLA K. Shyam to inspect the disputed site.
Hitting hard to the State BJP leaders, MLA Joykishan said that the present Ministers and MLAs seem to consider their ministerial portfolio rather the integrity of the state.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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