Manipur JD(U) demands written assurance from PC

A local newspaper had earlier reported that the Centre was considering forming a `supra-state body` for Nagas living in North East States.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 13:20 PM IST

Imphal: The Manipur unit of Janata Dal
(United) on 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 demanded a white
paper from the government.

PTI