UNC meets Rajnath, demands PR
Source: The Sangai Express / PTI
New Delhi, December 20 2016:
The United Naga Council (UNC) today urged the Centre for imposition of President's Rule in Manipur where an economic blockade by the organisation snapped two highways connecting the State.
The demand was placed by the UNC before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh when a delegation of the group met here.
"We appeal for imposing President's Rule in Manipur as the State Government has failed completely on all fronts and law and order has deteriorated.
Creation of seven new districts is a ploy by the Manipur Chief Minister for electoral gains," senior UNC leader Adani Mao said at a press conference here.
Mao, the former UNC president, who is at present looking after the affairs of the Council after the arrest of its senior leaders, alleged that Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was trying "cheap tricks ahead of polls to hide the Government's incompetency" .
Claiming that violence has taken place in several areas of Manipur, Convener for Joint Naga Civil Societies, Lakpachui Siro, accused the Congress-led State Government of disrupting peace by creating seven new districts for "electoral gains" ahead of the Assembly elections next year.
"The State Government is going to upgrade Sadar Hills and Jiribam regions to full-fledged districts without consulting the Nagas who inhabit the areas.
Precious lands, which belong to them, are being snatched away and there are unrest in the State," he said.
The UNC, which has imposed an economic blockade on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur) and NH 37 (Imphal-Jiribam) that serve as lifelines for the landlocked State, said Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh decided to create seven new districts "without consulting" the Nagas who, they said, are the most important stakeholders.
The UNC has demanded immediate release of its president Gaidon Kamei and publicity secretary Stephen Lamkang who they said have been arrested "arbitrarily" .
The UNC has accused Meiteis of creating unrest in the State by killing innocent people, saying Meiteis are not only torching vehicles, burning down houses and looting Nagas, but also attacking places of worship in the State.