Jamir arrives in Imphal
Holds close door meetings with state leaders;
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 10 2010: Former Maharashtra Governor SC Jamir of Nagaland arrived in Imphal by a special aircraft today and held close door meetings separately with prominent political leaders of the state including the Chief Minister, O Ibobi and Opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam.

Sanayangba Chubatoshi Jamir, who also served as Chief Minister of Nagaland, arrived here by a special flight at 8 am at Imphal Airport for his two day visit to the state.

The purpose of his visit could not be officially known but is believed to have close link with inter-state relationship between Nagaland and Manipur.

His visit comes in the close heel of developing communication between the two neighbouring states when the state vehicles refused to ply the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH 39 demanding compensations to the vehicles damaged or burnt down in Nagaland, and assurance of free from extortion menaces in Nagaland.

No sooner had he arrived at Raj Bhavan, he held close door meetings with Chief Minister and former Chief Ministers and Congress leaders who are in power presently.

However, details of the meetings could not be ascertained.

The former Governor met the Chief Minister, O Ibobi for about one hour (from 2 pm to 3 pm).

Before meeting Chief Minister O Ibobi, Jamir held separate rounds of meetings with opposition leader and former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam of NCP and sitting MP of Raijya Sabha from the state and former Chief Minister Rishang Keishing.

After the meetings with the present Chief Minister and former Chief Ministers, the Nagaland leader also held separate meetings with state Congress president, Gaikhangam, leaders of the party and former MLA AS Arthur and Victor Keishing, son of Rishang Keishing and also general secretary of state Youth Congress.

Contact with the state leaders who met the visiting former Chief Minister of Nagaland could not be made.

Government officials and Raj Bhavan sources refused to divulge the purpose of his visit to the state maintaining only that he arrived here on an official visit and he will stay at the Raj Bhavan till tomorrow.

The visit of SC Jamir at this time is being considered as very significant as the relationship between the two neighbouring states–Nagaland and Manipur has become sour since Manipur government banned entry of NSCN (IM) general secretary, Th Muivah into the state.

The relationship worsened when as many as eight Manipur trucks were torched in the territory of Nagaland following the announcement of ban on Manipur vehicles in Nagaland by the Naga Students' Federation (NSF).

Further, even after lifting of NSF ban and economic blockade on the national highways by ANSAM, the Transporters and Drivers' Council, an apex body of various associations of drivers and owners of Manipur, refused to resume plying the NH-39 pressing the Nagaland government and the Central government to paycompensation for the trucks damaged and torched in Nagaland by suspected blockade supporters, and a concrete step be taken to control extortion from the truckers and highway travelers on the NH-39 passing through Nagaland by various organisationsa and armed elements.

A highly reliable source in Kohima said that the Nagaland government is not aware of the demands of the TDC.

Neither the TDC nor the Manipur government has apprised the Nagaland government of the demands or reasons behind the decision of the TDC not to resume regular vehicular traffic on the NH 39 so far.