Sunday, June 4, 2023

PR only choice to bring normalcy in Manipur: Therie

Former NPCC president K. Therie has said that imposition of President’s Rule was the only choice to bring back normalcy in Manipur. In a statement, Therie said that there was nothing more serious than losing 54 precious lives, injuring over 150 with many missing and property worth thousands of crores destroyed.
He also said that 26 villages were burnt down, shops and properties destroyed and looted, people displaced etc. The centuries old relation of living as one loving family has been destroyed, he stated. Therie further pointed out that destroying Churches was most unbecoming, particularly in the context of the North East. “We have lived happily for centuries by appreciating each other’s religions, cultures and customs. The wound is too deep and healing will take decades if not a century,” he said.
While appreciating Centre’s intervention, Therie said the return to normalcy cannot be expected with the culprit remaining at the helm of affairs.
He, therefore, said that Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, as leader of the House, has to own moral responsibility for the breakdown. “He is answerable. He cannot blame exparte-judgement for it cannot be without his consent or knowledge. The people have lost confidence that they are safe under his leadership,” Therie asserted.
He reiterated that the only option of the Central government was to urgently arrest the unrest and restore normalcy with President’s Rule and win back the confidence of the people.
“We are small communities living in the Northeast with a common truth that we cannot separate. We are no longer individual communities in isolation because of intermarriage. We are neighbours and will be neighbours forever more,” Therie said.


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