BJP seeks to turn tables on PC on Muivah`s Manipur trip
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 22:10
New Delhi: BJP has sought to turn the tables on Home Minister P Chidambaram's criticism of it on the issue of NSCN-IM leader T Muivah's visit to Manpiur.

"Our criticism of the Government was based on the public statements of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh that the Home Ministry did not take them into confidence on the issues of Telengana and Muivah," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.

He said now it was up to Chidambaram to find out "who was speaking the truth".

"After all, both the CMs belong to Congress and they have made their anger against the Centre open before journalists," he said.

During the party's daily press briefing yesterday, Javadekar had said "the unilateralism of the Home Minister has once again created tension. Earlier, he had announced creation of a separate Telangana state without taking the Andhra Pradesh Government into confidence. This time, he allowed Muivah to visit his village in Manipur without asking the state government for its view."

Chidambaram had earlier today said that he was surprised and disappointed by BJP's statement alleging that his unilateral decision to allow NSCN-IM leader T Muivah to visit Manipur had created tension there.

The minister said he had met a BJP delegation led by Prakash Javadekar yesterday in connection with the situation in Manipur.

"After hearing the delegation, I explained in detail the developments in the past week. The delegation thanked me for the patient hearing, for the briefing on the developments in Manipur and urged me and the government to continue to deal with the situation with tact and understanding.

"The delegation expressed satisfaction at the conclusion of the meeting. I am, therefore, surprised and disappointed by the statement issued by Prakash Javadekar yesterday," Chidambaram said in a statement.

"The Government of Manipur took the stand that such a visit would not be appropriate at this time. Efforts were made over several days to find a solution. The Chief Minister of Manipur was requested to go over to Delhi and he did so on May 6, 2010," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram said the Finance Minister, the Defence Minister and the Home Minister held talks with the Chief Minister of Manipur. "However, after his return to Imphal, the Chief Minister reiterated the stand of his government that the visit of Muivah to Somdal could not be allowed at this stage."


First Published: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 22:10

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