Newmai News Network
IMPHAL, Aug 08: A large number of protestors, mostly women, marched towards the chief minister’s bungalow on Wednesday demanding a “collective decision” in a special Manipur Legislative Assembly session with regard to the Framework Agreement that was signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India. However, police personnel foiled the attempt of the protestors to enter the chief minister’s bungalow at Kangla (opposite Red Shield Division).
The protest was carried out under the banner the United Committee, Manipur (UCM). Women leader Ima Lourembam Nganbi told the media persons that “even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had repeatedly assured that Manipur territorial boundary will not be affected by the result of the Naga Framework Agreement but still people have apprehension that Article 371(A) is likely to be extended in Manipur that will create a state within the state”. She also said that they are against any divisive policy of the Central government. She further said that the people will not accept such policies employed in Manipur. Ima Lourembam Nganbi also said that the government should, instead, pass a bill which can “protect both hills and the valley”.
“We want uniform laws for both the hills and the valley, and not only for the Nagas a special law, so that we can live unitedly and peacefully irrespective castes, religions and creeds,” Nganbi maintained.
The women leader then reiterated that the people of Manipur will not accept any divisive policy of any Central government. “We will stand firm against such policies. The Government of India should give special status for all communities and not only for the Nagas,” she added.
Earlier, the protestors submitted memorandums to Members of Parliament (MPs) Th Meinya (Lok Sabha) and Ksh Bavananda (Rajya SAbha) demanding that they do something that the Naga Framework Agreement does not affect Manipur.
On Tuesday, the protestors also submitted similar memorandums to Deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar, Works Minister, Th Bishwajit and Forest Minister, Th Shyamkumar.
Similar protests have been underway in the past one week in the valley districts of Manipur on the Naga political issue.