BJP leaders from Manipur may meet Modi on ramification of Naga talks

BJP leaders from Manipur may meet Modi on ramification of Naga talks

Agency News

New Delhi, Oct 26: The Naga peace talks which has reached virtual penultimate stage but is also getting embroiled into row is leaving its impact on socio-political milieu of Manipur where the big time apprehension is that administrative and political integrity of the state could be disturbed.

A BJP delegation along with some leaders from opposition parties are now likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and impress upon him that any forward movement in Naga peace parleys should also ensure that Manipur's geographical integrity 'should not' be affected. Sources said the delegation is also keen to meet Union Home Minister and BJP Amit Shah as well and would like to convey him that central government and para military forces deployed in Manipur need to take action against "illegal taxation and extortion from the Naga insurgent groups particularly NSCN-IM".

"The Government of India needs to seriously consider adequately compensating Manipur state. The people of Manipur state and especially Meiteis have suffered loss of thousands of crores of rupees and several lives over a period of more than 50 years. We are just at the crossroads," a source said.

Nagaland Governor R N Ravi, also the chief negotiator at the Naga peace talks, is set to hold a series of crucial meetings next week after the Diwali festival with various Naga groups.

Mr Ravi was given a deadline till October 31 by Prime Minister in August and has been specifically asked to end the talks which initially was kicked off way back in 1997. Both the state governments in Nagaland and Manipur - the NDPP-BJP alliance regime in Kohima and BJP-led dispensation in Imphal - have taken key measures including canceling of leave for police personnel to meet any eventuality. The forces are on high alert, a source said.

In Manipur, the Nagas have a sizeable presence in Imphal East, Churachandpur and Ukhrul and thus administration has issued orders stressing on the need to ensure that fair and legal price of essential commodities is maintained. Senior officials have also been directed to maintain stock and steps are being taken not to allow hoarding of essential commodities. Led by mercurial militant leader Thuingaleng Muivah, the NSCN(IM), which had signed the Framework Agreement with the Centre in August 2015, is insisting on its demand for a separate flag and constitution.

An umbrella organisation of Naga militant groups NNPG has reportedly expressed desire to ink a peace pact at the earliest.

However, Naga tribal organizations and influential Naga Students Federation (NSF) and Naga Mothers Association have favoured an agreement that should be "inclusive, honourable and acceptable to all sections of the people". (UNI)