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Ibobi govt asks Centre to declare UNC as unlawful organization

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 11
Published on 12 Feb. 2017 12:03 AM IST
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In the backdrop of Centre’s decision not to hold talks with the agitating United Naga Council (UNC), Ibobi government has recommended the Centre to declare the Naga body as an unlawful organization.
UNC has been imposing an indefinite economic blockade on the national highways in Manipur since November 1 last year triggered artificial crisis in the state.
Chief minister O Ibobi Singh has written a letter to the Union ministry of home affairs urging the ministry to declare UNC as unlawful organization under appropriate legislation, said MPCC spokesperson Kh Joykishan Saturday.
Addressing a news conference at Congress Bhavan Imphal, the former state BJP legislator said that the chief minister has written the letter today after a meeting of the Congress Legislator Party (CLP) adopted a decision in this regard. Joykishan was a legislator of the BJP in the current state Assembly until he tendered his resignation from the MLA-ship as well as BJP alleging that the party in power at the Centre failed to initiate any action to bring an end to the UNC sponsored economic blockade.
He said that the marathon CLP meeting held at the chief minister’s secretariat lasted from 10 am till 1 pm. UNC’s activities in the wake of prolonged economic blockade was the only agenda of the meeting, he added.
The decision was taken in interest of people by the Congress government, he said, adding that Congress always stand to “fight any external force” working against the interest of the people and unity of Manipur.
While seeking supports from other political parties in pressing the Centre to declare UNC as unlawful organization, Joykishan expressed hopes that Manipur unit of the BJP will also support the Congress stand and press its national leaders to declare the UNC as unlawful organization at the earliest.
Asserting that time has come to stand united against anti-people activities of UNC, he appealed political parties to extend their support by endorsing the decision of the CLP. “The BJP state unit must also urge its national leaders to do the needful in the interest of the people of the state who have been facing shortages of all sorts,” he said.
Stating that imposing economic blockade is unconstitutional, Joykishan alleged UNC for indulging in various unlawful activities during the ongoing indefinite economic blockade along the highways from November 1 protesting against the government plan to create new districts.
“During the protest, it had ambushed and killed two personnel and wounded several others.  Besides torching several trucks, it has fired at the trucks making pock marks with bullets. These activities are enough to forfeit the right to remain UNC as a civil society organization,” he added.
The CLP was compelled to take the firm decision in this regard after the February 7 UNC presidential meeting came out with a negative result against the February 3 tripartite talk at New Delhi, he said.
The decision of the CLP came up barely a day after reports at New Delhi said that Centre was unlikely to hold fresh round of talks with the UNC after the Naga body refused to lift the ongoing economic blockade even after the tripartite talk at New Delhi on February 3 last.

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