Centre should withdraw permission to Muivah at once: Reddy
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 16 2010: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should be responsible for the tension brewing up in Manipur and the Centre should immediately review the permission given to the rebel leader, Muivah to enter the state, demanded CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy today.

Deputy General Secretary and former MP, Sudhakar Reddy, who arrived in Imphal today to review the tense situation in the state arising out of the now deferred visit of Muivah to the state, talking to reporters charged that the Centre had not forethought the motive behind the NSCN-IM leader's desired visit not only to his birthplace but also to other Naga inhabited areas and attend public meetings.

Muivah's entry into the state will lead to a large scale communal violence, he cautioned the Centre, pressing it to review the permission given to him to enter the state before the things get worse.

The CPI leader asked why Muivah did not plan to enter only his birthplace, if he really loved and wanted to visit the village as a human being instead of planning to attend various public meetings at other places in Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel district.

This clearly indicated the motive behind his visit, he observed.

The CPI is with the people of Manipur in banning Muivah's visit to the state.

The party will discuss the situation of Manipur arising out of the Centre's decision to allow Muivah's visit amidst strong opposition of the state government and the people at the party's National Council meeting to be held on June 12 next, he said.

The party is also ready to table the issue along with the repeal of AFSPA from the state in the Parliament during its summer session, he assured.

He also expressed amazement over the blocking of the national highways, lifelines of the people of the state for such a long time creating artificial food scarcity in the state, and observed that it showed that there was no law at all in the state.

In a state of democratic India, a few sections of the people were doing whatever they wanted and were snatching the right to life of other people only for the sake of their own interest.

The Government of India should immediately open the highways and take up steps on a war-footing to ensure availability of all essential commodities for the people.

The Centre should also try to bring the situation of the state to normalcy, he demanded appealing to the people to be patient and remain calm to prevent eruption of communal clash in the state which would be a great loss to the people.

Dr M Nara, who was also present at the briefing to the media, lamented that Muivah is trying to enter and break the territorial integrity of the state drawing support of the people of the so-called Naga tribes in the name of remembering his birth place which he left 40 years back and lived as a foster son of Nagaland.