TC for removal of AFSPA from Manipur: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said her party would recommend removal of the AFSPA from Manipur if it is voted to power.

Updated: Jan 26, 2012, 00:16 AM IST

Imphal: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her party would recommend removal of the
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Manipur if it
is voted to power in the poll-bound state.

"The Trinamool Congress would recommend removal of the
AFSPA from the state which was imposed in September, 1980, if
it wins the state assembly election," the West Bengal chief
minister told a public meeting here in support of her party
candidates.

"We were able to defeat the Left Front government which
was ruling West Bengal for 34 years and I hope the Trinamool
Congress would also come to power in Manipur and would give
you a clean and honest government," she said.

Banerjee also said that the Trinamool Congress would
increase the maternity leave of the women employees of the
state government.

The Trinamool Congress, part of the UPA coalition at the
Centre, is contesting 47 seats in the 60-member Manipur
Assembly.

PTI