Manipur issue likely to rock Upper House
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 05: After Lok Sabha, the issue of Manipur is likely to rock the Rajya Sabha on August 8.Rajya Sabha MP and chief whip of BJP SS Ahluwalia will be raising a call attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on August 8 to deliberate on the problems of shortage of essential commodities being faced by the people of Manipur on account of the indefinite economic blockade being imposed by ANSAM along the lifelines of the State, informed State BJP chief Th Chaoba today.

Yesterday, Lok Sabha MP of the party VK Malhotra, who was part of the BJP Parliamentary team led by Ahluwalia which had come to assess the situation in Manipur on July 28, highlighted and drew the attention of the Union Home Minister to the present crisis in Manipur.

Speaking to mediapersons, Th Chaoba said the statement given by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in response to the call attention motion raised in the Lok Sabha yesterday was not satisfactory and misleading.

So a notice has been sent to MP Ahluwalia today requesting him to move another call attention motion on the problems of Manipur for a thorough discussion on the floor of the Rajya Sabha as well.

The motion is likely to be taken up for discussion on August 8, he added.

Chaoba expressed disappointment at the failure of the Union Home Minister to give a reply to the question asked in connection with the ongoing peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M).

On the question of bringing Manipur under President�s Rule, Chaoba clarified that the point has been mooted by BJP MPs and MPs of other political parties in view of the failure of the State Government to bring an amicable solution to end the ongoing economic blockade so that the problems of the people could be mitigated and to safeguard public properties.

Chaoba also suggested that it would be in the interest of the people to suspend the ongoing economic blockade while the talk is going on between the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur and the State Government.