Imphal: Opposing the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur, CPI(M) politburo member Brinda
Karat has blamed major national parties for its continuation
in the state.
"We are against it and have raised the issue several
times for its annulment in Parliament. But major ruling
parties have been playing delaying tactics," Karat told
reporters here yesterday.
The "repressive policy" of the state and para military
forces would not bring any solution and instead it would
prolong the problem, she said, adding it was now time for the
government both at the Centre and state to act.
Referring to the problem of insurgency, she said the
central government should resolve it through dialogue.
"It is sad that the central and state governments chose
to ignore the over 100 days economic blockade on national
highways in the state," the CPI(M) leader said.
Because of their wrong policies, people were facing
shortage of electricity, water and essential commodities, she
said, adding the problems which triggered the economic
blockades could have been solved in time.
Lauding the Election Commission`s efforts to check
expenditure, she said it should also look into how the rich
people were secretly funding candidates.