IMPHAL, June 1 � BJP Manipur Pradesh has proposed the suspension of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 from Manipur in order to save the life of Irom Sharmila.
BJP Manipur Pradesh president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh speaking to media persons here on his return from New Delhi on Saturday, said that they have made a proposal in this regard during their recent meeting with the new Union Home Minister. �Rajnathji assured us that he will discuss the proposal,� Chaoba said.
The repeal of AFSPA would take time even if the government at Centre likes to do so, as it needs approval from both the houses of Parliament, he added.
Chaoba, during his two week-long New Delhi, attended the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister and met seven new Union Ministers and BJP national leaders.
Besides Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he also met Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Information and Broadcasting and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, DoNER Minister General VK Singh (Retd), Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Social Justice Empowerment Minister Th Gehlot and Minister of State (Home) Kiran Rijiju.
Chaoba also demanded an inquiry into the alleged intentional power outage in Manipur to black out the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister of India and his Council of Ministers on May 26.
World No Tobacco Day: Manipur on Saturday observed the World No Tobacco Day 2014 by holding a mass rally in Imphal.