Manipur JD (U) demands written assurance from PC

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 15:36

Imphal: The Manipur unit of Janata Dal
(United) Wednesday demanded written assurance from union Home Minister P Chidambaram that the Centre will not make a `supra state body` for Nagas.

"The issue is a very serious matter as it is the first
step to break Manipur and some other north eastern states to
form `greater Nagaland` following the demand of Naga militant
organisation NSCN-IM which has been holding peace talks with
the Centre for more than a decade," JD(U)`s Manipur unit
president M Tombi Singh said.

Some party members would leave Imphal on November 28 to meet central leaders of the party to take up the issue in the current session of Parliament.
Home Minister Chidambaram had denied media reports during a meeting with Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh
some days ago, official sources said adding that Singh had
also met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the issue.

Tombi Singh said instead of telling Manipur Chief
Minister, Chidambaram should deny it through a written
statement or through the national media.

A local newspaper had earlier reported that the Centre
was considering forming a `supra-state body` for Nagas living
in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Besides Manipur government, Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh governments had strongly objected to it.

BJP had said it was a first attempt to form greater Nagaland as demanded by the NSCN-IM and and demanded a white
paper from the government.


First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 15:36

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