ANSAM talks likely soon: Charenamei
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 24: Outer Parliamentary Constituency MP Mani Charenamei has informed that the State Government and the agitating All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) are likely to hold talks to resolve the indefinite economic blockade impasse within the next couple of days.

Talking to media-persons at his Nagaram residence today, the MP disclosed that ANSAM has indicated its willingness to hold talks to end the impasse.

Following the request of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Charenamei said he has met both the parties so that an amicable solution acceptable to both the parties may be worked out.

Although a definite date has not been fixed for the talks, a conducive atmosphere has been created and the talks is likely to take place within the next couple of days, Charenamei said.

He asserted that the ANSAM-sponsored agitation intensified and turned violent because of the July 8 incident at Senapati bazar in which some IRB personnel resorted to armed assault on blockade supporters.

When asked about his opinion on declaration of June 18 as a State Holiday by the Government, the MP promptly said it was a wrong decision on the part of the Government.

Despite the human casualties during the June 18 Uprising, the, extent of damages caused to Constitutional institutions like Assembly and burning down of National Flag should have enough warranty for the Government to take up legal action in this regard as Manipur is a part of a democratic country.

It was but natural that objection would come over condoning these act of violent incidents, Charenamei elaborated.

Despite the decision of the Government to declare June 18 as Integrity Day as well as a State holiday, there are some organisations which observe the day under different names like 'The Great June Uprising Day' and 'Unity Day'.

This not only creates confusion in the minds of the people but also clearly indicates that there is no consensus over the declaration of the Integrity Day, the MP added.

If the Government does not see anything wrong in declaring holiday over any public issue and movement, would it concede if the public of Senapati start making similar demands for the recent incident, the MP countered.

In fact, June 18 should be declared as a Black Day in view of the extent of casualties caused in terms of human Jives and public properties, the MP asserted.

On signing the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister by Naga MPs and MLAs of Manipur endorsing integration of Naga inhabited areas under one administrative unit, Charenamei said he had put his signature in the interest of his people.