MP's comment: Bouquets and brickbats
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 23: Reaction varied sharply on Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Mani Charenamei's comment on the floor of the Parliament yesterday during the debate on the trust vote sought by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

While the United Naga Council (UNC) welcomed the independent MP's stand and commitment on the Naga integration issue and his assertion that the UPA Government in the Centre had assured to review its common minimum programme (CMP) with regard to re-alignment of boundaries in the North Eastern region, political organisations cutting across party-lines opined that Charenamei has misled the State's masses.

As one of the main features incorporated in the CMP concerns safeguarding boundaries of the NE region, the political parties expressed apprehension that Manipur's territorial integrity would be compromised in view of sustained Naga integration movement and the ongoing peace process between NSCN (IM) and the centre.

at the parliament the Naga MP, revealed that he would support the Congress in the trust vote as the UPA had assured him of reviewing the CMP.

In his speech Charenamei had also urged the Prime Minister to strive for resolving the decades old Naga peace process in the right earnest.

"We strongly condemn such statement given by the MP.

The CMP cannot be reviewed or distorted by the Congress.

We will fight both inside and outside the floor to retain the CMP," reacted B Sharma, a senior state unit CPI leader.

CPI has been fighting to preserve territorial integrity of Manipur and only for the sake of political gain and greed of power, the Congress should not review the CMP, B Sharma, who is the secretariat member of the left party, said.

"In the greater interest of Manipur in particular and the nation in general we will take all necessary measures against such unholy assurance purportedly given by the Congress," he said.

BJP's national youth working committee member L Basanta Sharma said such assurance has sown seeds of enmity and distrust amongst the people of the region.

"Only to get power Congress has challenged the whole people of the region and it is imminent the people would throw out the party in the next general elections," Basanta opined.

"To safeguard territorial boundary of Manipur is our firm stance and we will continue to protect it," the young BJP leader said.

Contradicting Mani's statements the Congress said the party has its firm stance to keep intact Manipur's boundaries.

"Mani Charenamei might have been assured by any leader of the UPA to review the CMP but not a single intimation either official or unofficial on the matter has been made by the UPA or AICC to MPCC ," said the committee's media department chairman Seram Mangi Singh.