MPP seeks Centre's intervention
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, August 22 2011:
Manipur People's Party (MPP) has sought the intervention of the Central Government in bailing out the people of Manipur from the present crisis arising out of imposition of bandh by UNC over and above ongoing economic blockade along the National Highways over the issue of Sadar Hills district demand.
Addressing a press conference in this connection today, MPP president Dr Nimaichand Luwang observed that since the State Government has not been able to solve the difficulties being faced by the people following imposition of bandh by UNC in addition to the ongoing economic blockade along the National Highways over the Sadar hills district demand, its time for the Central Government to intervene and take up necessary measures.
Restriction imposed on transportation of essential goods to Manipur for over 20 days now has caused untold miseries among the people, Dr Luwang pointed out, while alleging that the present crisis has come about as the Congress-led SPF Government has been inapt in administration and could not work out a solution which is agreeable to all.
In addition to shortage of food items, the Government has not taken up any concrete measures to redress the grievances being faced by the people from shortage of petrol, diesel and medicines including life saving drugs.
If the people could not repose their trust on the Government, what is the point of its existence ?, Dr Luwang questioned.
Dr Luwang went on to observe that the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led Government has become a tuber in between the Kuki and Naga communities and does not know what to do.
In such a situation, the Central Government should intervene and take up necessary measures to bail out the people from the present crisis.
Asking why the Government has been remaining a mute spectator even though the blockade along the National Highways has been going on for more than 20 days now, Dr Luwang pointed out that frequent imposition of blockade along the National Highways over one issue or the other could be stopped only after establishment of Highway Protection Force.
The State Government should ensure transportation of essential goods along with deployment of Central Para-military forces along the National Highways.
It would be wiser on the part of the Government not to test the tolerance limit of the people.
The prices of commodities should be controlled and the public should be taken into confidence of the existence of a Government in place, Dr Luwang demanded.