Nagaland Cong leaders for sanity, peace
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 26 2010: A team of Nagaland Congress leaders, who arrived here here today in an effort to find an amicable solution to the strained relationship between Nagaland and Manipur over the proposed visit of NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah to his native place, had a detailed discussion with Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and MPCC president MLA Gaikhangam.

Led by its president MLA I Imkong Ao, the visiting six-member team of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) included general secretary Ex-MLA Medokul Angami, ex-MLA Jamkithang Lotho, MLA Jashua Sema and MLA Tari Zaleng.

Escorted by Nagaland police personnel in nine vehicles, the team arrived at Imphal at around 11.15 am and headed for the Chief Minister's bungalow where a meeting with Ibobi was held.

After the meeting with the Chief Minister, the visiting Nagaland Congress leaders also called on MPCC president MLA Gaikhangam.

Later, talking to mediapersons at the Congress Bhavan here, Imkong informed that the role the respective PCCs should play in resolving the present tension by facilitating proper communication among the civil organisations including Churches were discussed during the meeting with the Chief Minister and the MPCC president.

Sending of a joint delegation of the two PCC members of the neighbouring States to apprise the Central leaders of the ground situation so that a solution can be worked out was also discussed during these meetings, Imkong added.

In response to a question, Imkong admitted that NPCC has not yet approached the Nagaland Government or any other civil organisations for taking up necessary measures to end the deadlock.

MPCC president Gaikhangam, who was also present, observed that the visit of the Congress leaders from Nagaland to discuss and resolve the existing issues between the two neighbouring States is a positive sign.Over and above the discussion on measures to be taken up for restoration of peace and normalcy so that the people can live without any fear, resumption of Inter-State passenger services with Mao Gate as the transit point has also been deliberated, Gaikhangam added.

The Congress leaders from Nagaland left Imphal at around 2 pm today itself.