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Manipur Opposition demands special session

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, May 21 � Political parties in Manipur in an urgent meeting here have decided to urge the Governor and the Chief Minister to immediately summon a special session of the State Assembly to evolve a consensus on the line of action to be adopted in the prevailing situation.

The meeting also strongly urged New Delhi to open the National Highways 39 and 53 � the two lifelines of the State, to lift essential commodities from outside the State to solve the ongoing supply crisis.

Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam, who is also the NCP State unit President chaired the meet at the office premises of the Manipur People�s Party (MPP) held on Tuesday in the presence of leaders of seven political parties. The meeting further decided to demand immediate resignation of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for creating the ongoing unrest in the State.

Stating that the ongoing effort of airlifting essential items is not feasible for more than 24 lakh population in the State, the meeting resolved to urge the Centre to immediately open the highways for smooth vehicular movement.

Ksh Shanta, a senior CPI(M) State leader said a copy of the decisions has been submitted to the Centre through the Governor Gurbachan Jagat.

�If the Centre failed to consider the demands, we may launch a democratic movement in the interest of the general public�, Shanta said. The Centre should act in time to solve the State�s crisis.

Those who attended the meeting included former Rajya Sabha MP and JD(S) State unit president W Kulabidhu, MPP President Nimaichand Luwang, MLA O Joy, and Sarat Salam of CPI(M) and representatives of RSP and Forward Block.

The State is facing a severe crisis of everyday items since the NH 39 and 53 were choked by All Naga Students Association Manipur demanding greater financial powers to the Hill districts ahead of the district council elections, since April 11 last.

The protest was later intensified after NSCN(IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah was denied entry to visit his village in Manipur.

To contain the situation, the State Government has been airlifting everyday items including medicines from Guwahati since Monday last. �The airlifting has been resorted to not due to lack of stock but as a measure to reassure the people of the State that the government will ensure availability of foodgrains at any cost despite the blockade of the the national highways�, State�s Public Distribution department Commissionser P Vaiphei, said in a press note.

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Manipur Opposition demands special session

IMPHAL, May 21 � Political parties in Manipur in an urgent meeting here have decided to urge the Governor and the Chief Minister to immediately summon a special session of the State Assembly to evolve a consensus on the line of action to be adopted in the prevailing situation.

The meeting also strongly urged New Delhi to open the National Highways 39 and 53 � the two lifelines of the State, to lift essential commodities from outside the State to solve the ongoing supply crisis.

Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam, who is also the NCP State unit President chaired the meet at the office premises of the Manipur People�s Party (MPP) held on Tuesday in the presence of leaders of seven political parties. The meeting further decided to demand immediate resignation of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for creating the ongoing unrest in the State.

Stating that the ongoing effort of airlifting essential items is not feasible for more than 24 lakh population in the State, the meeting resolved to urge the Centre to immediately open the highways for smooth vehicular movement.

Ksh Shanta, a senior CPI(M) State leader said a copy of the decisions has been submitted to the Centre through the Governor Gurbachan Jagat.

�If the Centre failed to consider the demands, we may launch a democratic movement in the interest of the general public�, Shanta said. The Centre should act in time to solve the State�s crisis.

Those who attended the meeting included former Rajya Sabha MP and JD(S) State unit president W Kulabidhu, MPP President Nimaichand Luwang, MLA O Joy, and Sarat Salam of CPI(M) and representatives of RSP and Forward Block.

The State is facing a severe crisis of everyday items since the NH 39 and 53 were choked by All Naga Students Association Manipur demanding greater financial powers to the Hill districts ahead of the district council elections, since April 11 last.

The protest was later intensified after NSCN(IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah was denied entry to visit his village in Manipur.

To contain the situation, the State Government has been airlifting everyday items including medicines from Guwahati since Monday last. �The airlifting has been resorted to not due to lack of stock but as a measure to reassure the people of the State that the government will ensure availability of foodgrains at any cost despite the blockade of the the national highways�, State�s Public Distribution department Commissionser P Vaiphei, said in a press note.