Chaoba attacks Congress, AFSPA
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 04: Former Union Minister Th Chaoba has categorically stated that absence of any mention on the public demand for removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur in the election manifesto of Indian National Congress shows that the draconian Act is here to stay and torture the innocent people.

Addressing the last election meeting of MPP�s Khurai AC candidate Dr N Bijoy at Khurai Popular High School ground today, Chaoba noted that as for the stand of the MPP on the issue, it has been clearly stated in its election manifesto.

�MPP is committed to the public demand for removal of the Act from Manipur,� Chaoba said.

However, among the points that have been put forward by the Congress for implementation if it returns to power, there is no mention on removal of Armed Forces Special Powers' Act, Chaoba pointed out, adding that this shows that Congress wants continuance of the Act and suffering of the people.

Although the Congress had not given any assurance that it would repeal the Act, it had obliquely stated that the party would try to remove Disturbed Area tag from the whole of Manipur as and when the law and order condition improves.

Continuing his attack, Chaoba said it is to the credit of the Anti-Defection law passed by then BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre that the Ibobi Ministry has been able to complete its full term.

It has nothing to do with the skill and statesmanship of the Chief Minister, Chaoba claimed.

The former MP further said there would be no squabbling for the post of Chief Minister if MPP is elected to power.

Many noted politicians have come into the fold of MPP not for power but to save Manipur.

Congress should not worry for the MPP on this count, Chaoba remarked.

Addressing his last election meeting, Dr Bijoy thanked all the people present at the occasion.