Imphal, Dec. 4: Opposition Manipur Peoples Party (MPP) has reacted strongly to the tripartite talks held in Senapati district yesterday between officials of the Union home ministry and the state government and a delegation of the United Naga Council (UNC) over the Nagas’ demand for an alternative administrative arrangement for Nagas in Manipur.
“The agenda of the talks is nothing but to break up Manipur. MPP strongly condemns and opposes any such talks or move to balkanise Manipur. We will resist any attempt to change Manipur’s boundary,” MPP president Nimai Chand Luwang told reporters here today.
The tripartite talks discussed the UNC’s demand for an alternative administrative arrangement outside Manipur government’s administration and within the Constitution. The demand is for creation of either a Union territory or a state comprising Naga-inhabited areas, carved out of Manipur’s existing boundary.
V.K. Bansal, secretary for internal security in the Union home ministry, who headed the central team told reporters that “some points” on the demand came up for discussion during the meeting and the matter would be placed before higher authorities for further discussion.
Both sides agreed to carry forward the talks on the issue, but no date was fixed for the next meeting.
“The fact that the Okram Ibobi Singh government sent representatives to a meeting related to breaking up of Manipur has made it more than clear that the Congress-led government in Manipur supports the Naga integration movement. The chief minister should come out with the agenda and the details of the talks,” Luwang said.
The MPP is preparing to send memoranda to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P. Chidambaram, opposing the continuation of the tripartite talks on the issue.
The MPP today sent a memorandum to AICC president Sonia Gandhi demanding scrapping of two clauses included in the merger agreement signed between the Congress and the United Naga Integration Council on August 4, 1972.
The clauses declared that the Congress party did not oppose Naga integration movement and did not consider it anti-party or anti-national and that no disciplinary action would be taken against any Congress member who was involved in the movement.
“The terms and conditions bear ample testimony to the fact that the Congress party is in full support of the movement, which time and again, threatens to disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur,” the memorandum stated.