Economic blockade likely to end today
Source: The Sangai Express
Kangpokpi, March 18 2017:
The longest economic blockade ever witnessed in Manipur is likely to end tomorrow.
The infamous 130 days economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) along the National Highways exceeded the earlier of 123 days economic blockade imposed by Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee in 2011 .
The possibility of ending the UNC's economic blockade arrived after it has been reported that the new BJP-led State Government has given its consent to hold a tripartite talk with UNC and representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on March 19 at DC Office, Senapati district HQs.
The BJP had earlier pledged to end UNC's economic blockade immediately if they form the Government in Manipur.
"There will be a scene of the most unwanted violence in case the new BJP Government initiates any measure or decision to rollback the newly created Kangpokpi district", warned a prominent leader from Kangpokpi.
Meanwhile, various civil society organizations of Kangpokpi district have urged the BJP Government including UNC and representatives of MHA to resolves the economic blockade issue in a cordial manner.
The lifting of the economic blockade, if it occurs tomorrow, may be a great relief to all the sections of the people of Manipur and at the same time the ground of lifting the blockade will also be equally important for the State Government as it seems to be a tug-of-war between the people of the newly created seven districts, who are against the 'rollback' demand and United Naga Council, said one CSO leader.