CM on sticky Jun 18 wicket
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 25: Even as the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur is sticking to its guns that the Govt should first revoke the June 18 declaration to end the impasse, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh is today literally caught on a sticky wicket following intimation by three bodies against revision of the Government decision.

Talking to media persons during a joint press briefing today, representatives of united people's Front (UPF), Ethno Heritage Council (Hericoun) and International peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) said that they called on the CM and urged him to respect and honour the june 2001 movement and sacrifices for protection of State's territorial integrity.On the joint initiatives of the three different entities, they said no efforts will be spared to thwart any attempt to divide the people of manipur on communal line especially in view of Nagaland-based NGOs undesirably backing the ANSAM economic blockade agitation.

The territorial integrity of manipur cannot be compromised at any cost even though of ANSAM may decide to stick to its stand and enforce the national highway blockade for several more years, asserted the representatives.

Assuming of the CM found wanting regarding understanding of the people's pulse, former UPF president Kh Ratan stated that the joint delegation hinted to O Ibobi Singh of inviting agitation of even larger magnitude than those witnessed in 2001 if State revokes holiday declaration.

Describing the declaration as most appropriate in honouring those who laid down their lives in safeguarding the State's boundary, IPSA general secretary E Johnson observed that retracting from the current status would akin to surrendering to a particular group whose only objective is decimation of Manipur.

Strongly condemning ANSAM's adamant stand and the people made to suffer due to prolong prohi- bition on ferrying of even essential items, Hericoun secretary Ratankumar pointed out that only way to bring an amicable settlement to the current impasse in ANSAM calling off its agitation.

Condemning MP Mani Charenamei mooting June 18 be declared as �Black Day' he expressed awe at such usage of such unethical language by someone who had been shown the road to parliament by the people of Manipur.

Such a conduct from the people's representative is nothing short of stoking communal tension and creating enmity between various section of the society, Ratankumar added.

Contending that the three bodies had been launching peace campaigns at valley areas having substantial minority population, UPF president Devdutta expressed strong resentment at Nagaland-based NGOs jumping into the blockade bandwagon.

MLA Ibomcha flays Charenamei: stopping short of branding Outer Manipur MP Mani Charenamei as �betrayer' FPM MLA L Ibomcha contended that the MP's comment is liable to attract legal action as per norms of Indian Constitution.

Reacting to recent news report reflecting on AN-SAM's agitation, 13 MPs and MLAs submitting me-morandum to the Prime Minister endorsing the Naga integration demand and Charenamei mooting declaration of June 18 at �Black Day' the Keishamthong legislator questioned could the MPs and MLAs withdraw their memorandum if State Govt change �State Holiday' as �Restricted' one.

Elaborating on legal action against the MP Ibomcha referred to Part III-B of 3rd Schedule wherein MPs take oath to safeguard sovereignty and integrity of India contrary to which charenamei's remarks on integrity of Manipur issue deserves to be booked under Sec 273 of Criminal law Amendment Act 1961, said the Law secretary turned Legislator in a statement.

The MP's comments is nothing less of creating enmity and hatred amongst various people of manipur, contended the MLA and expressed that the matter need to be placed before the Lok Sabha Speaker for necessary perusal and appropriate action.

On ANSAM demanding that talks be held either beyond Imphal or outside the State, Ibomcha upholding the student body's reservation however maintained that related expenses of Chief Minister should not be diverted from State Exchequer.

On alternative arrangement, Ibomcha suggested that talks, if any, could be arranged at Delhi or Kolkata during official tour of the CM with ANSAM representatives to bear their own expenses.

NCP dispels apprehension: highlighting NCP Manipur Pradesh's agenda of upholding interest of manipur above all considerations, State unit spokesman N Radhakanta dismissed apprehension of Govt of India endorsing NSCN (IM)'s demand of Naga integration.

Addressing news persons at its Thangmeiband office, Radhakanta referring to over month-long ANSAM blockade asserted that with the excep- tion of petroleum products there is no great fear of food-stuff shortage as the State's existing food chain could sustain for even more challenging situation.

He also prevailed upon ANSAM that the blockade is having equal impact in the valley and hill areas and desired that the student body relax its posture in the interest of the common people.

Radhakanta also cautioned that indifferent attitude to mass appeal for lifting the blockade may lead to disenchantment in the hill districts as the hill people are facing more problems compared to valley dwellers.