All political party meeting discusses Manipur issues

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 22, 2018:  All political party meeting today discussed on issues relating to Indo-Myanmar border (Manipur sector) Manipur University and frame work agreement signed between Government of India and NSCN-IM.

The meeting was convened in the initiative of chief minister N. Biren Singh at the cabinet hall of chief minister to solicit the views of various parties to adopt a united consensus strategy on various pressing issues confronting the state.

The meeting discussed relating to Indo-Myanmar border (Manipur sector) Manipur University and frame work agreement signed between Government of India and NSCN-IM.

The meeting that lasted for four hours was attended by office bearers of APP, AIFB, AITC, BJP, BSP, CPI(M), CPI, DBSP, JD(S), JD(U), LJP, MDPF, MNDF, MPC, MPP, NCP, NPF, NPP, NEIDP, RSP and Shiv Sena.

INC did not attend the meeting. According a spokesperson of Manipur PCC,  Congress party has decided not to participate in the meeting as the matters are to be discussed in the House which is the right platform.

The meeting was convened to address the need to take into accounts the views of all political parties which are not represented in the state Assembly. A discussion in the assembly would not facilitate an all-party consensual decision, said a government spokesperson.

He said there were in-depth deliberations on the controversy surrounding the Indo-Myanmar border (Manipur sector).

It was resolved that, a committee of all political party be constituted comprising one representative each, on the issue of location of BP No. 81. The member will visit the disputed border pillar along with the central team and other stake holders for verification on July 24.

The present crisis in the Manipur University was discussed in detail. It was resolved that a pro vice-chancellor be appointed in accordance with the provisions of Manipur University Act and that, the fact finding committee be urged to initiate and conclude its proceedings within the stipulated time. It was further resolved that the vice chancellor of the varsity be asked to proceed on leave pending the proceedings of the fact finding committee, the normal academic activities be resumed in the varsity. It was resolved that the agitation be suspended, pending the proceedings of the committee.

Thirdly, the latest development on the framework agreement between the government of India and NSCN-IM which has been reported in national media was discussed and deliberated. It was resolved that, if required, a special assembly session will be convened in order to discuss the possibilities of the ongoing peace talks, said the spokesperson.

The chief minister apprised that besides discussing the above issues in the assembly, the all important Manipur People Bill which had been introduced in the ongoing session would be taken up for consideration on July 23. He sought the co-operation of all political parties and the general public to enable a smooth and anticipatory discourse in the state assembly.

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