Centre to convene meeting to discuss Manipur situation

Centre on Thursday decided to convene a meeting to discuss the Manipur situation with leaders of state political parties in New Delhi on Saturday.

Centre on Thursday decided to convene a meeting to discuss the Manipur situation with leaders of state political parties in New Delhi on Saturday.

Nineteen BJP MLAs arrived New Delhi from Imphal to brief the central leadership on
the situation prevailing in northeast following extension of
ceasefire with NSCN(I-M).

The decision to call the meeting was taken by home
minister L K Advani after Manipur governor Ved Marwah conveyed
to him sentiments of political party leaders on the issue.

Marwah, who met the state leaders at Imphal, urged Advani
to hold a meeting at his level on the issues being raised by
the leaders of the state, a home ministry spokesman said.

In another development, the other NSCN faction led by
Khaplang described the expansion of area coverage of the
ceasefire as a good turning point and asserted that it would
not compromise on territory of nagas.

NSCN(K), which has also been demanding extension of area
coverage of the ceasefire, in its first public statement took
strong exception to the opposition of the neighbouring states
to the truce.

It said Nagas do not disrespect the integrity of others
and in the same manner we will not allow anybody to
disrespect our identity.

Meanwhile, 19 Manipur MLAs, led by BJP legislature wing
leader R K Dorendra Singh, arrived New Delhi to urge the Centre to
withdraw the extension of the ceasefire. They said they would
apprise the central leaders of the situation arising out of
Monday`s violence on the issue when 13 people were killed.

Bureau Report

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