‘Naga Peace Accord’ details gathers more steam this Manipur Assembly Polls
IMPHAL/KOHIMA: Ahead of Manipur assembly polls, the framework agreement inked between militant outfit NSCN-IM and Centre is becoming a poll issue.
All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU) has kicked started a campaign demanding disclosure of the details of the framework agreement inked between the Centre and NSCN-IM.
Government of India and NSCN-IM has inked framework agreement last year. Congress has gone hammer and tong demanding disclosure of details of framework agreement.
AMSU's campaign launched under the theme "Protection of historical and political Identity of Manipur." AMSU feels that framework agreement might impact the interest of the state and its territorial integrity.
AMSU general secretary Manjit Sarengthem said all the political parties and candidates should take up a strong movement against the central government before the election to disclose the details of the frame work agreement to the people of the state.
Senior BJP leader O Joy Singh had countered that framework agreement does not contain any points which can harm Manipur's territorial integrity. He told ET, "This agreement is to agree to draft an agreement which take all the state holders including states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur on board."
He added that the agreement contains only three clauses which include the Centre will recognize the unique history of the Nagas, sovereignty of India lies with its people, and framework will be drafted under the flexibility system of India.
Congress spokesperson Joykisan said that the refusal of New Delhi to spell out the details of the Framework Agreement with the NSCN (IM) is nothing but cheating the people of Manipur.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi recently asked, "If there would be any harm if Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM does not contain anything inimical to the State of Manipur provided he is coming to the State for election campaign.
Nagalim and sovereignty are core demands of NSCN-IM. Nagalim stipulates integration of Naga inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Extension of cease fire agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM beyond Nagaland in 2001 has stroked bitter protest in Manipur.
Source courtesy: The Economic Times
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