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All schools closed in Manipur, CM to lead all party team to Delhi

By The Assam Tribune

Imphal, May 31 (IANS): The Manipur Government on Monday ordered all colleges, schools from May 31 to June 2 following students organisations threatening protests on the delay in anti-migrant Bills, while deciding to meet the President, the Prime Minister and others on the issue.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh will lead the delegates of all political parties, said Government spokesperson Moirangthem Okendro.

The meeting discussed the worsening law-and-order situation in the State as a result of the burgeoning agitation demanding enactment of the three pending Bills. The activists are saying that the political leaders should go to Delhi to pressurise the Central leaders on the issue.

Though it was planned that the team would leave on May 16, it was delayed as the agitationists said that they must return victorious or face the wrath of the people.

The Chief Minister said: "I have sought appointments with the leaders though positive response is yet to be received."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on a foreign tour and according to the present plan he will return home only on June 10. It is also officially not known whether the PMO has given the appointment at all.

While the school students are launching various forms of agitations, the College Students Council has announced that unless the political parties leave for Delhi by June 1, there will be various forms of agitations from the next day.

The government seems to have taken the easier course by simply closing down the educational institutes. There were face offs between police and students at a number of places on Monday.

When the activists blocked the roads even after nightfall police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the volunteers. Women have announced fresh agitations from Tuesday onwards demanding release of the arrested girl students and visit to Delhi by the political parties for talks with the leaders.

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