Loken censures Central Ministers' assurances
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, December 24 2016:
MLA Nameirakpam Loken has stated that there would not be any economic blockade in Manipur in future in case Central Ministers were sincere enough when they assured that the National Highways leading to Manipur would be opened soon.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of a newly constructed building of Nambol Kongkham Youth Club and Library.
Commenting on what Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the Chief Minister and media persons yesterday, Loken said that the ongoing blockade would be the last of such blockades in future in case the words of Kiren Rijiju words truly reflected the Central Government's commitment.
It would be a tragedy if the Central Ministers were only making tall but empty promises.
Everyone is aware about who is behind the ongoing economic blockade.
The blockade is being imposed by an organisation which functions under a militant outfit that is under a cease fire agreement with the Government of India.
If the Central Government was determined to resolve the issue of economic blockade, it could have been done days back.
The Central Government deliberately remained silent with an intention to blame the State Government for the restive situation prevailing in the State.
The indefinite economic blockade has resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis in the State.
Agitation and public movements are seen in different parts of the world but indefinite blockade is rampant human rights violation.
Both the Supreme Court and the High Court of Manipur have ruled that blockades are illegal.
Loken then said that he supports the efforts made by different civil society organisations toward restoring peace and normalcy in the State.
The inaugural function was presided by Nambol Kongkham Youth Club and Library vice-president Ninthoujam Ibopishak.