UCM critical of campaigning for integrity, disintegration
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 09 2009: "If you must speak for Nagaland, you may fight elections in Nagaland instead of wasting one MP seat of Manipur once again", said the United Committee Manipur (UCM) .

Reacting to the poll agenda of territorial integrity being raked up by Congress in the Inner Parliamentary constituency and Naga unification in the Outer seat by PDA, UCM president Yumnamcha Dilipkumar called upon the people to analyse minutely the act of crying hoarse by candidates as if they really love the land as well as the act of speaking for another State while living in Manipur.

Addressing a press meet here today, the UCM president asked all concerned not to challenge the territorial integrity of Manipur.

Saying that UCM is still standing firm on its stance, Dilipkumar asserted that UCM would not tolerate any design to disintegrate Manipur.

Appreciating the assurance of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi that territorial boundaries of the North Eastern States including will not be altered and the declaration of Chief Minister I Ibobi that there would be no compromise on the question of the State's territorial integrity, Dilipkumar said that he would like to see the assurances put into action.

On the other hand, election manifesto of the Congress party published in Nagaland endorsed Naga integration.

Further, Jet Leho, advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has announced that the DAN Government led by NPF supports PDA candidate Mani Charenamei.

Asserting that people have people full knowledge about how Mani Charenamei got elected with the support of which organisation, the UCM also recalled that Mani Charenamei voted in favour of UPA Government at the time of taking vote of confidence on the reported assurance that the UPA Government's common minimum programme which guaranteed the territorial integrity of Manipur would be reviewed.

Dilipkumar said that the UCM has taken serious note of the ambiguity of Congress on the issue of Manipur's territorial integrity.

He further asserted that people ought to teach fitting lessons to both ambiguous Congress and Mani Charenamei.

Referring to the vocal claim by candidates to remove Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) if they are elected, the UCM president said these politicians who become dumb once elected to Assembly should also be taught fitting lessons.