Summary: Manipur CM, Biren said Manipuri’s integrity can not be broken. He assured that his government will not remain silent if the state’s territorial integrity is compromised by the talk between the Central Government and NSCN(IM).
Manipur Chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday said his government will not remain silent if the state’s territorial integrity is compromised as a result of the talks between the Centre and NSCN(IM). Biren has convened an all-party meeting on Saturday to clear the stand of the state government amid fresh apprehensions that Manipur might be fractured as an outcome of the dialogue.
This comes four days after the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, held talks with the working committee of six Naga political groups in Dimapur. Ravi said the Naga Accord will not affect any communities’ interests or the geographical boundaries of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
According to newspaper, on Friday, Biren said Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi during an election rally in the run-up to the last assembly polls, had promised people of the state that Manipur’s territorial integrity will not be breached as a result of the Naga talks. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao spot painting competition’ in Imphal, the CM exuded strong confidence that the Prime Minsister will keep his promise.
“At any cost, the territorial integrity and oneness of the state will not be compromised,” Biren said, while inviting all political parties to join the meeting on Saturday evening at 4 pm. “At the meeting, we will take a firm decision on the issue and if necessary, we will go and approach the Centre for maintaining the territorial integrity, oneness and the historical status of the state,” he said.
Saying the state government will directly approach the Centre if any suspicious move in the Naga talks surfaces in the coming days, Biren added, “We will also support and encourage a peaceful solution to the prolonged Naga issue.”
In the meantime, various civil bodies which are campaigning for unity and territorial integrity of the state, have warned that another ‘June Uprising’ is in the offing if the state’s land is broken up in resolving the Naga issue. The Centre’s prolonged silence on the contents of the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN(IM) and the Centre on August 3, 2015 has snowballed popular apprehensions that other states will suffer to fulfil the agenda of integrating Naga areas under one single geographical and administrative entity, they said.