Lim in NPCC manifesto
Model code of conduct violated : Ex-MLA

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 19: Contending that the insertion of the Nagalim clause in the election manifesto of the NPCC violates the election code of conduct as spelt out by the Election Commission, former MLA and RTI activist L Ibomcha Singh today accused the AICC secretary Sidarth Patil and the Congress for trying to foment violence in other States particularly Manipur.

In a statement, L Ibomcha said that the insertion of the clause has the potential to incite violence, it violates Para 1 (I) of the Model Code of Conduct published by the Election Commission of India.

In Para 1 (I) the Election Commission states, 'No party shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious and linguistics," said Ibomcha quoting the relevant portion.

The former MLA who also served as the Law Secretary of the Manipur Government then said that the AICC has committed offences under Section 123 (3-A) and 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1051, Section 124-A and 153-A of the IPC for sedition and promoting enmity between different groups and Section 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1961 for questioning the territorial integrity or frontiers of India in a manner prejudicial to the interest of safety and security of the country.

"For this a complaint is to be made by the Government," he advocated.

The former MLA added that a formal complaint has been lodged with the ECI which was received on yesterday.

Posing a question, the Ibomcha said, "Will the Election Commission of India allow expression/urge (proposal) for 'Secession' by any National or local party of Manipur by including it in its election manifesto in the ensuing Parliamentary election ?".

Urging the ECI to take up appropriate action, Ibomcha also said that Sidarth Patil may also be hauled up for campaigning against the Constitution and concept of National unity.

The former MLA also recalled the uprising of June 18, 2001 .