| A jawan keeps vigil in Imphal. File picture |
Imphal, Oct. 10: An all-party meet today decided to send a joint political team to Chandel district in Manipur on October 22 to take stock of the existing border situation.
The meeting also decided to send a joint political delegation to New Delhi soon to urge the Centre to take up the Manipur-Myanmar border issue with the neighbouring country and resolve the row without any delay.
The three-and-a-half hour meeting was presided over by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh at his office conference room.
Altogether 15 parties, including the Congress, BJP, CPI, NCP, Trinamul Congress, Manipur State Congress Party, Manipur Peopleís Party and Naga Peopleís Front, attended the meeting.
ďAll the parties attended the meeting and took a united stand on the border issue. A political delegation will first study the border situation and then another delegation will go to Delhi,Ē the president of the Manipur unit of the JD(U), M. Tombi, told reporters after the meeting.
Ibobi Singh told the meeting that his government had been reminding the Centre from time to time the need to resolve the border issue as the sentiment of people ran high on the matter.
Todayís meeting was held after Opposition parties demanded that Ibobi Singh convene an all-party meeting to take a united stand on the border issue.
Opposition parties, including the BJP, Trinamul Congress and the NCP have been accusing the Centre of neglecting Manipurís border and expressed apprehensions that India might compromise Manipurís boundary to appease and force the neighbouring country to flush out militants of the Northeast hiding there.
The demand for resurvey of the border came after the Assam Rifles started construction of a 10km fence much inside Manipurís territory at Moreh in Chandel district and reported attempt by Myanmarís army recently to set up a military post at Hollenphai, a border village in Chandel district, about 115km from Imphal.
The Committee for Protection of Land in Border Fencing, a conglomerate of citizensí organisations, had called a daylong strike throughout Manipur on Monday demanding immediate steps to resurvey the border. The committee also threatened to intensify the agitation if no step was taken for resurvey.
Other citizensí organisations, including the United Committee, Manipur, which are campaigning for protection of Manipurís territorial boundary, and are also demanding resurvey of the border.
Representatives of political parties underscored the need to highlight the matter before central leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.