Imphal, July 24,
Opposition Leader, Okram Ibobi Singh today hits the ruling BJP led government over its reluctant to discuss the issues burning the state.
Speaking during a press conference held at Congress Bhavan today morning, the Congress Legislator Party (CLP) leader Okram Ibobi Singh said that issues like the ongoing crisis at Manipur University which put all academic activity to a grinding halt could have been easily solved if the central government intended to do it. He said that the negligence from the part of the Central government as well as the state government ruling party refusal to give opportunity to the congress party for discussion of the issues showed the intention of the BJP led government in the state.
He said that the ruling party did not ratify the request of the congress party to extend the session duration to discuss the prevailing burning issues of the State.
“The Congress members are not even allowed to present their observation during the discussion at the session”, Ibobi said.
Okram Ibobi further stated that the role of Congress Party taken when in power in regard to the Framework agreement will remain unwavering.
He stated that leader of NSCN IM, Muivah was restricted from entering Ukhrul regardless of Congress being in power or not.
“What is the hidden agenda behind the agreement which mentioned granting of special statues to Nagas without affecting State’s boundary”, Ibobi questioned.
He also expressed astonishment that not even the Union Ministries seem to be consulted regarding the agreement by the NDA Government, when the interlocutors were sent frequently to hold dialogues with the State Government during the UPA Govt. The Opposition leader maintained that reaching a conclusion to the Peace accord acceptable to all, which does not affect the territorial integrity and does not bring animosity among the communities of the State is also the desire of the Congress Party.
The former Chief Minister , now the opposition leader termed it unfortunate that there was no enough time to discuss issues of the State including Framework Agreement, Manipur Varsity impasse and Citizenship Amendment bill thoroughly at the assembly session yesterday.
He appealed to the Government to work together with the Opposition party to resolve the issues of the State. Ibobi also appealed the Government to stand firm regarding the Framework agreement like the Congress Party when it was in power and maintained that congress party is prepared to take steps to protect the territorial 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.