Govt decision peeves DPP
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 15: Questioning the motive behind the restrictions placed on the proposed rallies to be organised by UCM on June 18 and UNC on June 16 by the Government by equating the two, Democratic People's Party (DPP) has stated it is not the people but the elected representatives who are fomenting communal tension in the State.

Addressing a press conference at Hotel Excellency here this afternoon, DPP president Udhoi Thongam said despite numerous assurances given to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur, every decision and action of the Government indicate that there are MLAs in both the Ruling and the Opposition who would like to see a disintegrated Manipur.

If the stand of the Government to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur as well as its stand against the demand for formation of Greater Nagaland is strong enough, it should oppose the proposed ´┐ŻSolidarity rally towards Naga integration´┐Ż being planned by the UNC in the hill districts of Manipur, but it should not have any objection to the peace and integrity rally being organised by UCM.

With the question of boundary commission coming up, the State Government also needs to take a definite and responsible stand on the matter, he said, while ruling out the need for setting up a boundary commission in case of Manipur.

Asserting that the existing boundary of Manipur was not defined in accordance with Constitution of India, Thongam cautioned the State Government to act with a clear understanding of the pulse of the people.

Otherwise it would only invite the wrath of the people, he observed.

He maintained that with formation of Greater Nagaland becoming the main agenda of the ongoing peace talks between the NSCN (I-M) and the Government of India on one hand and the reports of existence of designated camps of the Naga rebel outfits on the soil of Manipur on the other, it is high time for the State Government to act tough.