Lim clause in manifesto; MPP blasts AICC stand
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 26: The Opposition Manipur People's Party convened a protest meeting at its office complex today to denounce the AICC stand of endorsing the 'Lim' clause in the election manifesto of the Nagaland PCC.

The MPP congregation criticised AICC's General Secretary Margaret Alva, who is also the party's in-charge of Nagaland, upholding the reported comments of AICC secretary Sidhharth Patil with regard to implementation of the 19-point agreement that demands the integration of Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh with the present State of Nagaland.

Terming Margaret Alva's statement as irresponsible and an attempt to disintegrate teh demography of the North East region, MPP president Dr L Chandramani posed what the AICC's reaction would be in case the NSCN-IM insist that the Congress-ruled Central Government comply to the NPCC's election manifesto as the same demand is being pursued by the insurgent group since it has entered into a dialogue with the Centre.

�We strongly condemn Alva's statement which has a complete meaning that boundaries of the North East would be breached,� Chandramani fumed besides demanding that MPCC too needs to be pro-active rather than remain muted to such an 'alarming' situation.

Pointing to the all political party resolution on February 12 that flayed Sidhharth Patil's stand and the recent Manipur Assembly resolution against the NPCC poll clause, Dr Chandramani, who is also a former Chief Minister observed that Margaret Alva authenticating patil's stand tantamount to dishonouring the twin resolutions.

Asserting that MPP will not remain silent when State's territorial integrity is under threat, he also confided that an political party meeting would be convened by the party wherein political leaders would be urged to prevail upon the AICC leaders to scrap such controversial clause.

�Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had in the last meeting agreed on this point,� the MPP president claimed.

Stating that the common minimum programme of the congress-led UPA Govt in the Centre clearly mentioned that boundaries of the NE States would not be altered which is being contradicted by the recent development in Nagaland founder compounded by the identical postures of Margaret Alva and Sidhharth patil, Chandramani lambasted the Congress as double-tongued political party.

MPP leaders Th chaoba (ex-MP), Laishram Jatra and Manisana also spoke at the protest session during which party members wore black badges in denouncing Alva's comments.