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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Regionalism in Indian politics-X

Kshetri Bimola

The north-east

Meghalaya

The second meeting of the All Party Hill Leaders Conference (APHLC) was held in Shillong on August 22nd 1960 to discuss the language policy of the Government of Assam. The APHLC for the first time had decided that if Assamese was going to be the official language of the State, the hill people will have no alternative then to demand separation from Assam. The Government of Assam headed by the Chief Minister and the President of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee made efforts to solve the language problem by convening a meeting of the leaders of all political parties. The Union Home Minister Pandit Pant had also participated in the meeting. One group said that Assamese should be declared to be the official language of the State. The second group had demanded that Bengali must also be the official language along with Assamese. Another group had expressed that English should be continued for an indefinite as an official language until it was replaced by Hindi. The tribal leaders had said that they would never accept Assamese as the official language of the State. When the Language Bill was introduced in the Assam Legislative Assembly on October 10 1960, it was opposed by tribal leaders like U. Jormanik Siem, A.Thanglura, Captain Sangma, etc. Captain Sangma said that the declaration of Assamese as a State language would result in the disintegration of Assam. There were also a few members supporting the tribal leaders. There was strong opposition to the Language Bill in all hill districts of Assam except Mikir and North Cachar Hills. When the Language Bill was introduced in the Assam Legislative Assembly, the members representing the Autonomous Districts staged a walkout protesting against the Bill. The Council of action of the APHLC had observed October 24 as a protest day against the Language Bill.

The third Conference of the APHLC was held on November 16, 1960 at Haflong to discuss the socio-political situation arising out of the introduction of the Language Bill making Assamese the official language. For the first time in the history of the Hills areas of Assam, the Conference had demanded separation from the State of Assam. The Conference had also adopted the Constitutional structure for the Hill State called the North Eastern Frontier State. The Territorial areas of the Frontal States cover all the tribal areas of Assam and NEFA, the Cantonment and the Shillong Municipality. The State would have a Unicameral Legislature consisting of 60 members representing the hill areas. The Constitution prepared by the APHLC had provided for the retention of the Districts councils and the Regional Councils under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The Eastern Frontier State would have a Governor, a Council of Ministers, a High Court, a University and English as the official Language of the Frontier State. Thus a sense of regionalism based on language, socio-cultural life of the tribals which was quite different from that of the plain people etc. had indirectly influenced the political process and movement for the demand of the Eastern Frontier State.

A delegation of APHLC met the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru regarding the formation of a Frontier Hill State. The Prime Minister had consulted the Chief Minister of Assam, B.P. Chaliha in connection with the demand of the APHLC. Captain Sangma, leader of the APHLC had raised the issue of Language making Assamese the official one. The Prime Minister had assured him that Assamese language would not be imposed on the tribals. English could be used in place of Assamese. Another leader of APHLC, Nichols Roy again had pointed out that the preservation of their own culture, the development of their own language and area would be possible only if a separate State was created for the hill areas. The Chief Minister B.P.Chaliha had assured that Assamese language would not be imposed on non-Assamese. The Prime Minister was not convinced of the arguments put forward by the leaders of the APHLC and opposed the proposal for the formation of a hill State. The reasons given were: the entire financial burden of the Hill State would fall on the Government of India, the creation of a separate Hill State would affect the development of the Hill Areas etc. The Home Minister, Government of India further added that all the Hill Areas were not geographically contiguous to one another. The APHLC had continued their demand for the formation of the Hill State by giving arguments. In response to the demand of the APHLC, the Prime Minister Nehru had proposed a Scheme known as ‘Scottish Plan’ granting autonomy to the Hill Areas. Under the proposed plan, there would be a regional committee consisting of all elected members in the Assam Legislative Assembly from the autonomous districts of the hill areas. In matters of Legislation, the members from the hill areas will form a Committee with the Hill member as its President. All Legislations affecting the interest of the people of the Hills shall not be applied to the hill areas without the consent of the Hill members. A Minister of Cabinet rank and one or more Deputy Ministers might be appointed from the hill MLAs. All special development affairs of the hill areas would be under the control of a High Powered ‘Statutory State Council’. It would have all the functions including planning and execution. This Council consisting of the representatives from the hill areas would not be interfered with by the Chief Minister or by any other non-hill Minister of the Government of Assam. The Council would have authority to allocate funds for the development of all Hill areas financed by the Government of India under Article 275 of the Constitution of India. The APHLC in its meeting held on April 5, 1961 have rejected the ‘Scottish plan’ on the ground that it is almost a State within a State. The APHLC had reiterated its demand for the formation of a separate hill State by sending delegations to meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister of the Government of India. The APHLC in its 5th meeting held at Tura had decided to call upon the people of the autonomous hill districts to launch a non-violent Satyagraha for the separation of the hills from the plains of Assam. It further called upon the hill MLAs to resign from the Legislative Assembly of Assam. The Council of Action had appealed to the people to observe October 24, 1961 as the demand day for the establishment of a hill State.

The APHLC had finally decided to put up its own candidates in the Assembly elections in 1962. The Conference had put up 15 candidates on the issue of separate State and won 11 seats. The APHLC then directed all the elected members to resign from the Assembly. The Council of Action, APHLC had decided to take direct actions like the dislocation of the functioning of offices of the State government particularly in the hill districts. The non-violent direct action was supposed to be started on or before March 31, 1963. In the meanwhile there was Chinese aggression to India mainly in the North Eastern region particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. Because of the Chinese aggression, the APHLC had suspended its agitation and decided to co-operate fully with the Government of India in its efforts to defend India. It was after the Indo-China war, 1962 that the Mizo Union which was a part of APHLC demanding an Eastern Frontier Hill State had broken away from the Conference and had decided to demand a separate State called Mizoram. The concept of regionalism had originated from the language issue making Assamese the official language of Assam, resulting in the formation of APHLC demanding a separate Hill State. In a later phase another form of sub-regionalism had emerged demanding a separate State for the Mizo people belonging to Mizo hills.

Articles of the author can also be accessed online on her personal blog “The Diary of a Manipuri” at kshetribimola.blogspot.in

S. Kunjabihari Singh

 The World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated on 5 June like every year before, the world over. This day has been marked specifically to raise global awareness about environmental issues and take appropriate action to protect Nature and Planet Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In 1972, the UN General Assembly resolved to celebrate the World Environment Day on the day of the UN Conference on Human Environment. The following year, 1973, this day was celebrated for the first time and later in 1974 it was officially celebrated worldwide.

    It is a day of realizing the imperative need for taking action and also for pledging for taking some positive steps collectively towards sustaining the environment. Initiating the campaign from the local levels and galvanizing these local efforts towards conservation and sustenance at the regional and national levels, increasing awareness among the masses, the world over, the mother earth is expected to be a worthy place to live where the nature and the human beings live in harmony.

    This year WED is hosted by Italy with the theme ‘Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care’. The theme rightly tries to remind the people to be conscious of the rapidly increasing burden placed on the planet’s natural resources which are anyway limited, to manage responsibly towards conserving the same by discharging individual and collective responsibility by the entire seven billion population of the globe. The theme is a timely warning that it is time to work collectively with full awareness of the limitation we are exposed to, if we want to sustain the environment to meet our needs, not mainly our present ones, but largely for the future generation, for our children, for the humanity in the years to come.

    It is estimated that by 2050, another 35 years from now, when the world population would reach 9.6 billion, unless the current level of consumption and production is suitably mended, awareness of the need to sustain is increased and consequent remedial or protective measures initiated right away, we would a total of ‘Three Planets’, to sustain our ways of living and consumption even at the existing level. The need is therefore, for all of us to appreciate the depleting resources of the mother earth, the need for enhanced awareness to do one’s bit to sustain, to conserve, to protect and to regenerate these to prolong the resources.

    We can be part of the pledge, the effort by helping to raise awareness in the community, by taking measures to sustain, to conserve to the maximum and thus adopting a lifestyle more sustainable. The issues of global warming for instance are the talk of the people; and yet, we do not care to adopt any sustainable measure in an organized manner. The level of awareness, the remedial measures needed to be taken are still low and this is one area where the people should be made to be aware of.

     The claim that the global average temperature rose from 0.6 to 0.9 degree centigrade between 1906 to 2005, a span of 100 years, is a timely warning for all of us to do something. More menacing could be the fact that the rate of global temperature increase has nearly doubled in the last 50 years since, the mid-sixties to this time around, the global warming becoming double in 50 years. The primary cause for this global warming has been attributed to ever increasing volume of carbon dioxide plus other green house gases released by burning of fossil fuels, land clearing for agricultural and industrial establishments and a host of other anthropogenic forces the world over. This global warming would be catastrophic to our mother earth and it should be every ones’ bounden duty to initiate every plausible measure to arrest this trend right away. That perhaps could be the philosophy behind this year’s theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care’.

     Among the several measures to arrest this drastic change in environment, the simplest could be extensive plantation and thus conserve environment. Large scale plantation in and around our habitats, own homes, local areas, the schools, the roads and in effect any available patch of land could be covered to reduce environmental pollution. Statistics indicate 50% of the world’s tropical forests have decreased due to pollution. Every single day, 1.5 acres of rain forests are getting denuded. This is happening despite the elaborate celebrations of ‘World Environment Day’ since 1973, nearly over 40 years by now.

    The time has come for all the stake holders as also all right thinking persons to ponder on the slow effects of this universal movement. Could it be the fact that the day passed off merely as a ritual to celebrate without the much needed focus on an organized plantation or could it be attributable to sheer lack of continuity in that not enough measures appear to be in place to sustain, to ensure the growth of the tree saplings planted all over the areas. Most appear to be dead before the next Environment Day. In such drive for green-economy, requiring large scale plantation across our own state, can’t we evolve an integrated effort to draft a modest viable Action Plan associating the allied departments under the government? Going deeper, we can think of line departments like Social Forestry, Soil Conservation, Environment & Ecology, Education, Horticulture, PWD, PHED, DRDA, MAHUD, Municipalities etc. Even some of the NGOs, CSOs, Sports Organizations, Industrial and Business Houses could be roped in like elsewhere in the country. MGNREGA could be one medium for local level plantations. A job card holder could be assigned with the dual responsibility of planting and maintaining, say, 10 saplings or so, the wages being adjusted against his or her 100 days’ wages in a year. These are only one way of tapping the enormous resources the state possesses and there are several other avenues to achieve. There is no dearth of anything; what is in short supply, that too drastically, is the zeal, collective or otherwise to perform. The commitment is one area where the state is the greatest casualty.

    The occasion is passing away from our grip once again like several years in the past. It is painful that this opportunity to arouse public enthusiasm to come forward, to act and pave the way for reaping the benefit has again slipped away. One model step is set by the PM Shri Narendra Modi in Delhi. On the World Environment Day, he planted a ‘Kadamb’ sapling at his Race Course Road residence lawns. He also exhorted the masses to plant as many trees as possible. He also placed a traditional earthen-pot along with the sapling, which is the traditional way conserving water and ensuring that the sapling has regular supply of water. So far so good; its one way for invigorating mass appeal to come forward to the cause, the cause for a balance of clean water, air and energy. The Union Ministry for Environment and Forests has proclaimed a mandate to strike a balance between the five elements of nature. The Ministry’s mission is directed towards ‘Clean Water, Air, Energy, Environment and More Green’.

    All these are bound to be lost in the midst of the din of inaction from the part of the people like any time in the past. Next year the WED would have a new catch-phrase as yet another theme but the coefficient of inaction would be as great leaving the earth neglected a lot.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Opportunist and revenge politics

Aping national Congress leaders, state chief minister O Ibobi Singh contended that the NDA government at the Centre has nothing to its achievement besides renaming the projects started by the earlier Congress government. Ibobi restarted the topic after Prime Minister Narendra Modi debunked the Congress claims during the recently concluded Parliament session. Maintaining that he has always given credit to previous governments in the interest of the country’s development, Modi had taken pot shots at Congress saying how would it accept the role of somebody else in development, when it does not give credit to anybody else even for the freedom struggle. Despite some muffled protests, the Congress members had nothing much to say when the prime minister highlighted, “The Multi-Purpose National Identity Card scheme of NDA became Aadhaar. Sampoorna Gramin Rojgar Yojna turned into MNREGA. Freedom of Information Act was brought during Atal ji’s time. You brought Right to Information. Antoydaya Anna Yojana came during Atal ji’s time, you brought Food Security Act. In Atal ji’s time, it was Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, you brought Right to Education Act. There was Total Sanitation campaign, you brought Nirmal Bharat.” That sums up about it all. During the Congress rule, every project has to have either Gandhi or Nehru in the title. Since, BJP is comparatively new party and Atal Behari Vajpayee its all-time popular leader, it also started using his name in some of the projects of the BJP-led NDA government, and no doubt some of the projects are earlier initiated during the Congress, which in turn took inspiration from the Vajpayee government. Interestingly, it seems to infer that none of the recent governments is able to think on its own to start novel welfare schemes. However, starting new projects has a catch too. A new government cannot immediately start new projects for every development work while shelving the ongoing schemes. Hence, at best, it can start some new projects and carry on with the others taken up by the previous governments, albeit with changes to credit itself. Modi’s government has continued with the Aadhaar scheme without renaming it and took it to new levels by linking it with other welfare schemes, serving its original purpose. Congress has little or nothing to show that it has continued with Vajpayee’s schemes without altering names.

In all these naming and renaming projects, both the national parties have indulged in opportunist politics. When opportunism gets priority, naturally people’s welfare will get a back seat as the parties are more indulgent in battling out over their claims rather than focussing on translating the policies into action. Moreover, revenge politics is also quite common. The immediate fallouts can be seen in hasty transfers and postings of bureaucrats soon after a new government takes office, particularly those who have served under previous governments of opposing parties. Very recently, the NDA government at the Centre seems to have taken revenge politics into the open. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, has set a bad precedent by meddling into the affairs of the Delhi government as never before in the country. No doubt, as Constitutional head, every appointment to top posts has to be in his name, but the incumbents are recommended by the cabinet. This time around, Jung has acted on his own, citing Constitutional powers provided to his post. A fight has ensued between the Lt Governor and the AAP government, and most welfare policies are gathering dust. The Union ministers have claimed the Lt Governor is not acting at their behest. Going by these incidents, it would not be a surprise if Manipur’s next chief secretary or the DGP is appointed by the governor without seeking any consent from the Ibobi-led Congress government.

Empire Strikes Back: At Least 15 Ultras Killed In Surprise Offensive

Even as the army hits  back at rebels responsible for the Chandel ambush, killing at least 15 ultras, a fierce gun-battle ensued between personnel of 44 AR and cadres of unknown UG groups at Kongkan village under Nambasi sub-division, Ukhrul district at about 7 am  Tuesday. Soon after the gun-battle security forces attacked two camps of a UG group in Myanmar and destroyed them.

According to reports received by The People’s Chronicle, at about 7 am Tuesday personnel of 44 AR on foot patrolling duty were attacked by heavily armed UG cadres. The AR personnel also retaliated and the gun-battle lasted for about half an hour. However, there is no report about casualties on either sides.

According to a reliable source, soon after the incident, security forces raided two camps of NSCN-K located in  Myanmar’s Unchi, which is about 45/50 kms from Kamjong sub-division in Ukhrul district, and destroyed it.

It further informed that the raid was carried out by a joint team of 21 Para (SF) and 40 AR. The team was air dropped in Unchi by Mi17 helicopters. Around 15 UG cadres who were in the camps were reportedly killed in the raid.

Agency reports based in Myanmar said para commandos, with mounted machine guns on Mi-17 helicopters hit two rebel bases across the border and inflicted ‘significant casualties on separatists.

The army did not provide much details of the operations mounted in the wake of last week’s ambush on a column of 6th Dogra regiment but said one NSCN (Khaplang) base in Noklak right on the border and another KYKL base across Chassad in Ukhrul district were hit.

Local sources said they saw military helicopters flying around, firing heavily from machine guns, adding the helicopters appeared to have crossed into Myanmar to hit the bases located just across the border.

Another source said troops of an the para-regiment, marked as special forces, were involved in the heavy airborne assault, perhaps launched first time on the border with Myanmar.

The army however said they had hit the rebels at the two points on thickly forested borders but did not say about crossing into Myanmar. Intelligence sources said some militants were killed because they were taken by complete surprise. Some of these militants could have been involved in last Thursday’s ambush in Chandel, in which 18 soldiers were killed.

Meanwhile, a PRO defence statement quoted additional director general (military operation) Maj Gen Ranbir Singh as saying,  “You are all aware that following attack on our security personnel on June 4 in Chandel, we have been on a high alert.”The statement said in the last few days, credible and specific intelligence was received about more attacks planned against security personnel by some of the groups involved in earlier attacks.

“In view of the imminent threat, an immediate response was necessary. Based on intelligence, we conducted operations to counter these planned assaults. Early this morning, the army engaged two separate groups of insurgents along the Indo-Myanmar border at two locations on the Nagaland-Manipur border. Significant casualties have been inflicted on them. As a consequence, threats to our civilian population and security forces were averted,” Maj Gen Ranbir maintained.

Confiding that army authorities are in communication with the Myanmar authorities on the matter, he expressed that on account of history of close cooperation between Indian and Myanmar militaries, Myanmar will extend all possible help in combating terrorism on both sides of the border.

Jubilant over successful ambush by combined Elite Strike Unit of NSCN-Naga Army, KYKL and KCP against 6 Dogra Regiment on June 4 in Chandel district, senior leaders including KCP president Ksh Laba Meitei, KYKL chairman N Oken and Starson, Chaplee Kilonser, NSCN/GPRN, accorded “warm reception” to the assault team.

The function was also attended by army chiefs of KCP, KYKL and Col Isak Sumi of NSCN/GPRN, a joint statement of the three said.

Though overwhelmed by praises on exceptional valour  of the fighters, the event was sombre due to demises of unit commander Maj Rajanglung alias Raza of Naga Army and KYKL’s Cpl Amit alias Keisham Rajen, 27 son of K Khamba.

Rajen hailed from Nongdren Maning Leikai, the statement said. Late Maj Raza was hit by an enemy mortar shell in the battlefield while Cpl Amit breathed his last on the way to a safer place from the battle, probably, due to heart failure, the statement said, adding KYKL authorities were not aware of any sign of such latent ailment and the cadre had not lodged any health complaint.

The report that his dead body bore bullet marks is totally baseless. If it happens to be a report given out by concerned Indian forces, it is nothing but a shameless lie, the joint statement added. About late Maj Raza, the joint statement said he was not only valiant and tactical in battles, but also prudent and judicious politically. His acumen for combat plan could ensure easy success and his tactical guidelines for retreat could save the rest of his team even after his sudden demise. His death is an irreparable loss to the NSCN/GPRN organization and Naga national movement, it added. 

Regarding Cpl Amit, the joint statement said he was friendly to all and jolly to a fault and his commitment to the revolutionary struggle and cheerfulness in times of hardships could elevate the sagging morale of everybody. The vacuum caused by his death cannot be filled up easily.

The glorious victory of the combined team is a landmark step towards NagaMeitei unified struggle for WESEA against Indian colonialism and this particular event further forges the camaraderie spirit between the two struggling communities. The joint statement further said the Elite Unit offered condolence salute to their departed comrades and the gathering observed two minute silence in honour of the martyred souls.

Rajen hailed from Nongdren Maning Leikai, the statement said.

Two shadowy operators — a Chinese gunrunner and a Myanmarese businessman — have emerged as key players in the attack on an army convoy in Manipur. Just a day before the ambush on 6 Dogra Regiment last week, chatter from Myanmar, intercepted by Central intelligence agencies, had hinted at the ultras’ plan to carry out a terror strike.

It was analysed and shared with all agencies, including the army. Prior to this June 3 intelligence report, various intercepts were analysed by the agencies, which revealed that the sidelined NSCN-K was trying to get assistance from Chinese and Myanmarese actors to re-activate its camps at Suruhoto in Zunheboto and Mon in Myanmar.

One of the intercepted conversations, intelligence officials said, allegedly featured a retired Colonel of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Muk Yan Pau Huang, who is responsible for providing arms and ammunition to ultras and is learnt to be working closely with Tin Ying, a Myanmarese businessman who recently set up an arms factory on China-Myanmar border. Ying, intelligence officials said, is a former member of the Burmese Communist Party and Huang is one of his closest aides. Huang is said to be overseeing day-to-day activities of Ying’s factory.

“Ying and Huang persuaded SS Khaplang, who is said to be seriously ill, to walk out of the ceasefire. Chatters indicated that Khaplang was assured of Chinese support if he decides against the ceasefire and continues militant activity in the Northeast,” officials said.

In one of the intercepts, two serving Chinese PLA officials were also netted.

Officials said one of the reasons for frequent communication between them could be the fact that Khaplang’s militant outfit has more Myanmarese cadre than Nagas and the numbers are dwindling.

“Former Chinese PLA Colonel, Huang is learnt to have played a major role by funding several splinter groups now based in Myanmar and helping Khaplang clinch a ceasefire with the Myanmar government. Khaplang, according to a recent input, is seriously ill and to ensure his hold on the outfit recently expelled two senior ultra cadre, Wangtin Naga and V Tikhak,” officials added.

In May, an input had suggested that NSCN-K had launched mobile battalions  in the border areas and subsequently a tip-off had resulted in a security operation by Assam Rifles in old Sallang in Changlang district, in which forces had destroyed NSCN-K camp. “The arms recovered on May 19 were being supplied by Chinese.

The documents linked the outfit to two other bases at Sagaing and Kachin provinces of Myanmar.

While forging a tie with Chinese, informers claimed that ULFA military wing chief Paresh Barua also played a role in convincing Khaplang,” officials said.

Informing that full scale military operation is being carried out in Chandel district under the name “Search & Destroy” since June 5 with civilians subjected to extreme torture even to the extent of not allowed food and water, Women Action for Development (WAD) has appealed to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, Defence Minister and authorities concerned to look into the matter so that civilians, particularly women and children are not harmed.

In a release, WAD informed that people of Manipur specially women and children have been experiencing various forms of human rights violation such as rape, murder, assault, using women as human shield under the shadow of AFSPA and protracted arm conflict. There are thousands of young women whose husbands were killed and many children orphaned in such conflicts. Women are being used as an instrument of war.

While recounting brutal torture and harassment suffered by civilians during Oinam Operation, WAD said that there have been many incidents where women were raped; made to deliver babies in the open; and restriction on movement of civilians for more than 3 months during combing operations. It claimed: “While the memories are yet to erase, here comes another operation ‘Search & Destroy’ where we have an apprehension of torture and harassment of civilians, rape and sexual assault of women & children. We have credible information that innocent villagers are taken to army camp and beaten up. WAD also has credible report that civilians are being used as human shield in the army operation.”

WAD, while maintaining that the ambush at Paraolon in Chandel district cannot be blamed to the villagers, said that it was a failure on the part of the intelligence units of the Central and state governments including the military and appealed to central leaders to protect civilians of the area.

It also appealed to the Government of India to allow the media persons, civil society and women organizations to enter the “Search & Destroy” operation area to help the civilians.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Chandel military operation worries CSO

Imphal: The People’s Platform Secretariat (PPS), an organisation of 11 civil society organisations from 63 villages in Manipur expressed serious concern over the military operation in Chandel following the June 4 ambush on 6 Dogra Regiment and has urged authorities concerned including Indian Army to allow media visit the affected area and update on any development. In a release, PPS said that it is shocked to hear that six villagers under Chandel district are badly affected by the military operation and termed as disturbing four villagers who went for hunting remain traceless. The reported restriction on free movement of villagers and their total confinement in their homes is a serious challenge to their day to day chores. Calling for protection of civilian population during army operation, PPS appealed to the government of India and the ministry of defence to ensure civilian population are not tortured and human rights not violated; ensure freedom of movement of the villagers so that their daily chores are not affected; allow media to visit the affected area to update on any development; and also to invite representatives of National Commission on Protection of Child Rights and members of Manipur State Women Commission to assess condition of women and children during the military operation.

Amid looming threat of scanty rainfall certain to affect agricultural output in the state, the O Ibobi-led government has siphoned off state’s rice quota for April month outside the state, alleged BJP Manipur Pradesh president Th Chaoba.

Interacting with newspersons at its Nityaipat Chuthek office on Tuesday, Chaoba highlighted that based on forecast by Indian Meteorological Department of scanty rainfall in the country this year, many other states have chalked out strategies to harvest rainwater, draw ground water and economical usage of available water in addition to augmenting irrigation network.

However, Government of Manipur is yet to work out any policy to tackle possible drought-like situation and ensure that the farmers do not face any major problem, he said and expressed strong resentment that despite serious threat of the masses facing food grain shortage those at the helm of affairs are more concerned with amassing personal wealth by trading off state’s rice quota on the sly.

He also claimed to have proof about siphoning off the rice quota, which was allocated to the state under the National Food Security Act.

As 70 % of the total population are farmers the government should initiate immediate measures to ensure that rice production is not affected, Chaoba stressed.

Expressing confidence that as proposed by BJYM, CBI probe into project scams involving minor irrigation department and CADA will trace and penalise the guilty officials, he said there should be no leniency against officials who loot public money.

Reiterating his allegation that the ruling Congress party relied on Kuki outfits bound by suspension of operation (SoO) truce with the government during the recent ADC elections, Chaoba contended that KRA cadres assaulting nine villagers of Luhajang village is a classic case of Congress party venting its angst on the villagers for not supporting Congress candidate in the poll.

Kuki outfits entered into SoO with state government as one of the signatories and as such the government is accountable for suffering caused to the villagers, he said.

Chaoba charged the government of ignoring BJP’s appeal to ensure that cadres of SoO groups do not venture out of their designated camps.

Chaoba also predicted that BJP will emerge triumphant in the ADC elections held in five districts and one sub-division in Christian-dominated hill areas.

BJP secretaries M Ashwinikumar (organisation) and L Bashanta (media) were also present during the media briefing.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Membership to disqualified MLAs decried

Reacting against grant of BJP membership to three disqualified MLAs, BJP Thangmeiband Mandal has resolved to urge party’s national executive to annual the trio’s membership at the earliest.

A meeting of BJP Thangmeiband Mandal was held Monday at the residence of Ex-MLA Meinam Bhorot with mandal president Dr Ch Birendrakumar in the chair and discussed membership of the disqualified MLAs. The meeting decried approval by state president Th Chaoba and national executive member Tapir Gao, who did not discuss the matter with the mandal president.  The meeting concluded that granting membership to the three disqualified MLAs amounts to disregarding party’s own policy and an affront to the 10th Schedule.

It further resolved to press the Prime Minister and national executive committee to look into the matter and cancel their enrolment into the party. The meeting also resolved to press the national executive committee not to allow any disqualified MLAs join BJP in any states.

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