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Will continue economic blockade in Manipur: ga Council

Imphal, Feb 7: The United ga Council on Tuesday said it will continue with its indefinite economic blockade in Manipur to protest the creation of seven new districts which affects the local ga residents. The gas have enforced the blockade since November 1, 2016, over the alleged lack of consultations with the stakeholders in Manipur before the decision was taken to crarte seven new districts, including two where the ga community hs substantial presence. The state will to polls on March 4 and 8 to elect a new assembly. The Manipur government’s representatives told a tripartite meeting in New Delhi on February 3 that the decision could not be rolled back due to the Model Code of Conduct in force in Manipur since January 4, UNC General Secretary S. Milan said. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25. “Land is inseparable to the gas’ identity, traditions and culture, and thus we reject the creation of the seven districts.  (IANS)

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