Joy blasts Govt over 'designated camps'
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 01 2009: Rapping the Government on the knuckles over the reported presence of 'designated camps' of the NSCN (IM), in three hill districts of Manipur for the past three years, MPP legislative wing leader, O Joy today questioned what the respective DCs, SPs and the State Government have been doing all these years.

The days of turmoil when Manipur literally burned when the Bangkok Declaration with the phrase 'Without territorial limits' was announced should not be forgotten, said Joy.

Addressing the gathering during the one day political conference of the MPP at Chalou Lamlai bazar today, Joy said that the ceasefire between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India is enforced only in Nagaland.

As such there is no ground under which the NSCN (IM) can set up three designated camps in three hill districts of Manipur, said Joy.

For three years the designated camp at Siroy has been in existence, said Joy and questioned what the DC, SP and the State Government have been doing all these years.

The camp is an overt attempt to compromise with the territorial integrity of Manipur, he added.

What is stopping the Government from initiating tough action, asked Joy and added that the mute stand of the Congress led SPF Government has sown the seeds of doubt that the party (Congress) is not committed to implementing its announcement in the election manifesto that the boundaries of the North East States will not be redrawn.

After the British left, Manipur regained her status as an independent entity but after it merged with the Indian Union, it has been reduced to the status of a beggar, thundered Joy.

Taking further pot shots at the Congress led Government, Joy said that prices of essential commodities have escalated, there is no job avenue and in such a scenario it is only the MPP which can save the State as the MPP has been set up keeping in mind the political climate of Manipur.

The politics of India cannot save Manipur, said Joy and added that MPP will never bow to politicians from outside the State.

MPP wants to ensure a Manipur where the people can live without depending on Delhi and where the heritage handed down by the fore fathers is respected.

The Congress MP from Inner Manipur Dr T Meinya maintained a stoic silence when Outer MP Mani Charenamei announced in Parliament that he was voting for the Congress during the trust vote, because the Government had agreed to redraw the maps of North East States, is ample proof that Meinya was scared of what the Congress high command may say if he opened his mouth, charged Joy.

The MPP leader also questioned the gathering whether they would want to elect a man who cannot speak out his mind for the interest of the State in Parliament.

If Manipur is to be saved and redeemed then the people need to forge a united stand coupled with the commitment to sacrifice everything for the cause of the land, exhorted Joy.

The MPP is working relentlessly towards this direction, declared Joy and urged the gathering to support the MPP candidate during the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

MPP MLA Dr Ng Bijoy talked on the need to focus on health, education, finance, road connectivity etc to realise a new Manipur.

MPP president Dr L Chandramani and Prof N Mohendro also addressed the gathering.