Manipur: Opposition Parties Urge Prime Minister's Intervention to Resolve Ongoing Conflict
Ten opposition parties in Manipur seek the PM's leadership in resolving a six-month conflict, presenting a memorandum to the Governor for an all-party meeting.
IMPHAL: In a significant move, ten opposition political parties in Manipur, including MPCC, JDU, CPI, CPI (M), AAP, RSP, NCP, SS(UBT), AIFB, and AITC, have jointly appealed to the Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey, for urgent intervention to address the prolonged unrest in the state. On Thursday, the parties submitted a memorandum to Governor Uikey, urging her to facilitate an all-party meeting with the Prime Minister of India, emphasizing the need for a collective effort to halt the ongoing conflict.
Expressing their concerns at a media briefing held at Congress Bhawan in Imphal, Congress leader and former chief minister O Ibobi highlighted the severity of the situation, stating that the conflict has persisted for over six months. The repercussions have been devastating, leading to a significant loss of lives, properties, and the displacement of more than 60,000 people from various communities. The living conditions in relief camps for internally displaced people were described as inhuman and far from satisfactory.
Ibobi underscored the grim reality of sporadic incidents such as killings, firings, and kidnappings, adding to the overall tension and uncertainty among the populace, particularly those residing on the peripheries between hills and valleys. The social and economic fabric of society has been disrupted, fostering a pervasive atmosphere of mistrust.
Critically, Ibobi expressed dissatisfaction with the efforts of the Peace Committee constituted by the Union government, asserting that it has not visibly contributed to restoring peace and harmony in Manipur. Given the complexities of the conflict, he argued that a viable solution could only be brokered by the Union Government. In their resolution, the leaders of the ten political parties identified the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India as the key figure capable of bringing about peace in the state.
Ibobi emphasized the urgency of the matter, stating, "The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is the only hope for bringing peace in the state." The leaders collectively resolved to approach the Governor to facilitate a meeting of all political parties in Manipur with the Prime Minister, seeking his leadership and guidance in finding a lasting solution to the conflict.
Furthermore, Ibobi requested the Governor to arrange the meeting in Manipur or, if necessary, in Delhi if the Prime Minister is unable to visit Manipur due to prior commitments. He concluded by stating that the Governor had positively received their request and assured them of her commitment to initiating the process of organizing a meeting with the Prime Minister to address the critical situation in Manipur.