Naga accord: Cong in Delhi to protect Manipur territory

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IMPHAL, JUNE 26: A Congress delegation led by former Manipur CM and Opposition leader Okram Ibobi Singh went to New Delhi on Monday to request the central leaders for safeguarding the state’s territorial integrity and unity in the wake of the ‘conclusive stages’ of the Centre-NSCH (IM) framework agreement.
The team, which comprises a large number of MLAs, will also insist on withdrawing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and resolving the impasse besieging the Manipur University.
“Without the consent of the people, civil society and political parties, we will never accept the setting up of a separate autonomous territorial council in the state,” Ibobi told reporters at the Imphal airport before leaving for Delhi.
During the ‘The Great June Uprising, Unity Day’ held in Imphal, hordes of social organizations had stated that people will fight any divisive policy of the Centre to break Manipur. The United Committee, Manipur (UCM) and All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO), which are spearheading the people’s campaign to safeguard the state’s territorial integrity and unity, said they will continue to fight against such designs.
Ibobi said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is currently being handled by a Joint Prliamentary Committee, has the potential to destabilize the demographic pattern of the indigenous people of the Northeast. The team will also urge Central authorities to resolve the escalating crisis in the Manipur University where students and teachers are demanding the VC’s resignation over charges of financial irregularities. (TNN)