Joykishan presses for joint political party meeting to end economic blockade in Manipur

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Imphal: Manipur government should organise a joint political party meeting to solve the issue of the ongoing economic blockade imposed in Manipur, suggests Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan.

The economic blockade imposed by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) began on Monday demanding to convene a Special Legislative Assembly to table the HAC Recommended Manipur (Hill Areas) ADC Bill, 2021.

Ahead of the blockade A 24-hour total shutdown was imposed on November 20 midnight in all hill districts of Manipur.

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Joykisan said the economic blockade is imposed regarding the issue on Autonomous District Council (ADC) bill which the House had resolved to look into the matter with a Hill Area Committee (HAC) where representatives from each political parties including both ruling and opposition parties are in the committee.

He said it is suspicious that some of the political parties and politicians are taking political mileage of ADC bill issue. If the political parties are using the bill as a tool in order to take political mileage, it will strike a severe impact on the society, he added.

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There is no one including 60 MLAs who are against welfare and development in hills. He appealed ATSUM to withdraw the indefinite economic blockade as the issue could be solved on a negotiating table.

ATSUM declared to impose total shutdown and indefinite economic blockade on November 19 after a meeting with chief minister on the bill failed to bring a concrete solution.

Representatives of ATSUM, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters and ATSUM federating met Biren at his office on November 19 to discuss the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) recommended “Manipur (Hill Areas) ADC Bill, 2021 as invited by the state government.

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