Imphal, Sept. 28: CPI national secretary Atul Kumar Anjan today demanded that the Manipur government initiate a dialogue with militant groups in order to end the insurgency problem in the state.
“It is high time the Ibobi Singh government initiates dialogue with outfits for an early solution to the decades-old insurgency problem,” Anjan told reporters before leaving Imphal this afternoon.
The CPI leader arrived in Imphal yesterday to review the overall political development across the country with senior party leaders of the state unit ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year.
The CPI, supported by other Left parties, is preparing to contest the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat, while it has not decided about contesting the Outer Manipur seat.
After sharing power for two consecutive terms with the Congress in the Ibobi Singh-led Secular Progressive Front government, the party failed to win a single seat in the last Assembly elections.
Anjan said militants should endeavour to come out themselves and join the dialogue process with the government, keeping aside their guns to restore peace and normalcy.
The militants should talk to the government for a better future of Manipur, he added.
“Militant groups should also know the young people want to work in the state and hence, the atmosphere should be made peaceful. Peace is the only requisite for development activities to start and for the investors to come,” he said.
There are about 40 militant groups in Manipur and nearly 30 groups have responded to the call for the peace process and signed either suspension of operations agreement or a memorandum of understanding with the government.
However, major groups like the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, Revolutionary People’s Front, United National Liberation Front and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, among others, have not responded to the call for talks.
On the issue of Manipur-Myanmar border fence, Anjan demanded that the fence be constructed according to international norms.