ADC members seek Governor's intervention in district demand
CM appeals to SADAR Hills ADC members
Source: Hueiyen News Service / NNS
Imphal, August 12 2011:
A delegation of the SHDDC and members of Sadar Hills ADC called on Governor Gurbachan Jagat and submitted a memorandum this afternoon around 3.45 pm and sought his intervention into the matter.
The governor has reportedly assured them that he would advise the CM to bring a solution to the current impasse.
The Governor also appealed to the mediators to abjure violence and to seek peaceful means of settling the decades-long imbroglio.
ADC Chairman, Seipu said that if the state government could issue a time bound written assurance that Sadar Hills would be declared a district, he could pursuade the SHDDC to suspend the ongoing agitation.
He also warned civil society organizations from other districts against meddling and interfering in the affairs of Sadar Hills.
He said the issue should be left to the affected people to deal with it.
"We are all Christians and tribals, let us not create problem for each other," he said while appealing to all communities to exercise restraint.
Some sections of the society are needlessly trying to "particularize" the issue, he added.
The ADC chairman will leave for Delhi tomorrow to seek an appointment with the PM besides calling on the Home Minister and the Congress president to apprise them of the demand for Sadar Hills district.
The three MLAs of Sadar Hills and members of ADC are likely to join the chairman on August 14 at Delhi.
They also proposed to stage a sit-in-protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed to members of Sadar Hills ADC to withdraw their decision to resign in their support for the creation of Sadar Hills district.
Speaking to the media at the Congress Bhawan in Imphal, Chief Minister Ibobi said that Sadar Hills district demand is a sensitive issue therefore the government cannot take a hasty decision without consulting senior citizens and experts on the issue.
The state government, a few days ago, issued a stern ultimatum to the SHDDC to lift the blockade imposed on both the highways before August 15 or face a merciless crackdown by security forces.