O Ibobi resents UGs' diktats
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 02: Referring to the diktats of the proscribed KYKL and RPF on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has urged the underground organizations not to intervene or disrupt political processes.

While the KYKL termed BJP candidate Th Chaoba as anti-people and working against the interest of the outfit, the RPF had charged the Congress led SPF for recent spurt in human rights violation by the security forces and subsequently called for boycott of Congress candidates.

Speaking as chief guest at the flag hoisting ceremony of the Congress candidate for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency Dr Thokchom Meinya today Ibobi observed that goals of revolutionary organizations could not be achieved by challenging democratic principles.

Abhorring gun culture, Ibobi suggested that instead of resorting to violent means sitting across the table to settle differences would be more appropriate and yield positive results.

Appealing to the underground outfits not to disturb the April 20 and 26 elections, Ibobi expressed that the electorates should be provided an opportunity to choose their own representatives in a free and fair manner which would be impossible if the UGs dictate terms.

He also described the SPG as trapped and unable to deliver the goods due to campaigns ofUG outfits and misinformation by the Opposition party to central leaders through concocted charges.

Elaborating on the allegation, the CM said while the Opposition's smear SPF agenda by linking the State Government to banned outfits has resulted in the Centre's reluctance to release development funds while UG's intervention in Government programme has put the SPF into a precarious situation.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Meinya regretting the ban imposed on Congress candidates by the RPF called on the outfit to reconsider its decision.

Meinya asserted that if elected his first priority will be the issue of security forces abusing human rights in Manipur while saying that he will file nomination paper on April 5.The flag hoisting ceremony itself was held amidst tight security arrangement at the Joipurkhul residence of Dr Meinya where besides presence of Ministerial colleagues and MLAs large number of well wishers and members of Congress' frontal organizations attended.

Residents from nearby villages and those from adjoining assembly constituencies carrying seasonal fruits and vegetables also took part in the ceremony.

Mention may be made that Dr Th Meinya was elected from Konthoujam assembly constituency and is the Higher and Technical Minister in the SPF Government.

NNP campaign: The election campaign for Naga National Party candidate Valley Rose Hungyo who would be contesting in the coming Lok Sabha election from No II Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency would kick off from April 6.A function would be held in this connection at the Nagaram Block-D, Stadium Road residence of the candidate at 11 am of the said day.