FPM welcomes Rishang's initiatives
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 23: Hailing the initiatives taken up by former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing to arrange a meeting between representatives of the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur and the Governor, the Opposition Federal Party of Manipur has today also urged the student body to reciprocate positively, and go ahead with the talk to end the impasse.

When The Sangai Express contacted the president of FPM and senior political leader, Dr L Chandramani, this afternoon, he said that the initiatives taken up by Rishang is positive and hoped that ANSAM will respond positively.

Dr Chandramani acknowledged that the efforts taken up by the veteran politician is the first concrete effort seen since the economic blockade was imposed more than a month back.

"At this current juncture the only way for the crisis to end is for the student body and the Government to sit down together and talk things over," said the former Deputy Chief Minister of the State.

To a question, Chandramani replied that it is up to the people to judge whether the opinion of Rishang that the June 18 declaration should be modified and diluted to break the impasse is acceptable or not.

The Centre ought to step in and see what can be done to solve the crisis at hand, observed Dr Chandramani and reminded all that National Highways come under the Centre and Delhi should invoke its Constitutional obligations and ensure free movement of goods along the highways.

Meanwhile FPM MLA L Ibomcha in a statement today said that though the statement of Rishang Keishing in the electronic media and the print media that signing the memorandum endorsing the formation of a Greater Lim is not aimed at breaking Manipur is welcome, there are still certain points that need to be rectified.

Referring to the third paragraph of the memorandum which reads "In the case of the territorial integration of reads, "In the case of the territorial integration of Naga areas, we believe that it is a sincere quest and basic fundamental right of the Naga people to be under one political entity and live together.

We, therefore, fully support the aspiration of the Naga people for integration," the MLA said that if Rishang is sincere in what he said that it would be in the fitness of things for him to submit another memorandum to the Prime Minister disowning the said paragraph.