JFP team to head to Delhi today
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, January 16 2017:
A 17-member team of the Joint Forum for Peace (JFP) will be leaving for Delhi tomorrow to urge the Central leaders to either clear the 76 days old economic blockade or get it lifted at the earliest.
Speaking to media persons at the Lamphelpat office of UCM this afternoon, JFP convenor and spokesman Johnson Elangbam said that the forum is constituted by 64 different organisations based in both the hills and the valley.
When it was formed, the forum agreed to approach the Central Government, if necessary, to get the UNC's indefinite economic blockade lifted.
Sometime back, the UNC's prolonged economic blockade was retaliated by counter economic blockade at different pockets of Manipur valley which only multiplied the misery of the masses.
Nonetheless, the JFP and other civil society organisations have been working relentlessly to thwart any untoward incident which may result out of the economic blockade and the counter economic blockade, he said.
It's not the time for the Central Government and the State Government to shirk their responsibilities, Johnson Elangbam said.
The 17-member team which would be leaving for Delhi tomorrow include representatives of Kuki Inpi, Kabui Mothers' Association, All Tribal Students' Union Manipur, UCM, CCSK, AMUCO and AMMOCOC.
The political objective of the Delhi trip is to get the economic blockade lifted through intervention of the Central Government at the level of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister.
The team may hold a meeting with the Union Home Minister on January 18 .
Manipuri people staying/living at Delhi would also stage a protest demonstration urging the Central Government to intervene and resolve the economic blockade permanently, Johnson added.