SHDDC walks out of meet with CM
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, September 01 2011:
The stale-mate over the Sadar Hills district status demand and the ongoing blockade and general strike on the National Highways continues with representatives of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee staging a walk out from a meeting with the Chief Minister today morning.
Apart from three executive members of the SHDDC, the three MLAs from Sadar Hills, two former MLAs from Sadar Hills, the vice chairman of Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council were present in the meeting with the Chief Minister.
Accusing the Chief Minister of falling back on the 'delaying tactics' ploy by bargaining for time, SHDDC in a statement said that its representatives staged a walk out from the meeting, when the Chief Minister started harping on creation of Sadar Hills and boundary adjustment/reorganisation.
This is contrary to the demand of the people of Sadar Hills which is inauguration of Sadar Hills as a full fledged district as envisaged in the Manipur (Hills Areas) Autonomous District Council Act, 1971, and passed by the Parliament of India, it said.
Taking pot shots at the Chief Minister, the Committee questioned whether Ibobi is trying to create a new Sadar Hills or trying to implement the Act of Parliament.
Sadar Hills has very well defined boundaries administered under 24 Autonomous District Council Constituencies and three sub-divisions, said the SHDDC and asked whether there were any objections to these boundaries at any point of time.
Asserting that there have been no objections, SHDDC asked why the objections have been raised now.
The talk broke down close on the heels of the decision to continue with the agitation on the highways.