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CM has every reason to believe but not the public
- Imphal Times Editorial :: November 13 2019 -



Whether to believe or not on what the Chief Minister of Manipur had said is certainly left to the people, however, if he is a leader he should be able to make people believe in whatever he said and promises.

Well, people of the state seem to have no doubts to the integrity of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his team.

All know that before being Chief Ministers or Minister, almost all of them who had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah the previous day, are Manipuri first.

They all know that if the speculations of the people of the state turn true than they will no longer manage to stay in the position that they are now.

For one reason, the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh would have no differences from what the people of the state like, as the idea of bifurcation of the state or making of a state within the state would means dethroning him out of his seat.

The air is still thick with talks about the dissident BJP MLAs wanting to replace him.

For the sake of the chair of Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh will certainly play no foolish game by sacrificing the historical identity of the land.

He might have been convinced by the promised of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

And, why not, the duo have been known for their political will in fulfilling the promises they made before they were being elected by the people of the country.

The latest example can be seen by the recent landmark verdict of the Supreme Court on the Babri Masjid Case.

During the election campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised for construction of a Hindu Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and they did it.

The promised for abrogation of the Article 370 was fulfilled and now the promised for introduction of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will also be fulfilled.

With the political will and integrity of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, why shouldn’t N. Biren Singh and his team believe in what they had assured?

But how could the people of the state believe the central leaders, when they had never fulfilled their words in the past.

The way the erstwhile kingdom was merged to the Indian Union and degrade it into a Part C state was not in a judicious manner.

The way the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru treated Manipur by sacrificing Kabaw Valley to neighbouring country Burma was never for the interest of the people of the state and if one recalled June 14 Bangkok Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM, it was a day after the then Defence Minister George Fernandez assured the people of the state that there would be no such thing that will include in the agreement that might affect Manipur, that the three words that burn the state – “without territorial limit” to the extension of the cease fire was added.

When people had experienced whole lot of things, how a mere assurance could be believed.

Even a written assurance will not be able to calm the people of the state unless they revealed what are the contents in the agreement that they had signed for a final settlement.

Well, there may be reason for not disclosing the agreed area by the government of India as revealing it would either anger the people of Manipur or the NSCN-IM.

Some unfair game seems to be going on to the process of the so called peacemaking.

Hadn’t the agreed proposals contain nothing that will affect the state of Manipur or the content fulfilled whatever the NSCN-IM had demanded, the agreement would already had been on the public domain by now.

After all, the Government of India is eager to announce it by December 1.

The silence to the demand for revealing the contents of the agreement certainly is doubtful.

Either it burns the state of Manipur or a hostile activities of the NSCN-IM returned.

A hasty solution at this hour will only bring bad name to the BJP.



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