ECI likely to furnish report on NPF`s manifesto says Chief Minister

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IMPHAL, December 21: The state government has sought the latest status report from the Election Commission of India regarding the election manifesto of the Naga People’s Front. The ECI is likely to furnish a report to the state government on the matter in the coming few days stated Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today during the second day of the 12th session (Winter session) of the 9th Manipur Lagislative Assembly.

The Chief Minister informed the House that the government had already informed the ECI regarding the election manifesto of Manipur unit of the NPF which includes agendas to keep Naga inhabited areas of the North East under one administrative unit. The ECI has been asked to review recognition of the state unit of the NPF for the inclusion of agendas which could disturb territorial integrity of Manipur.

While giving his reply during the discussion on a matter of public interest on the second day of the ongoing Winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister informed the House that the state government could do nothing to stop the NPF from opening its unit in Manipur.

Being a democratically ruled country, there were no means to stop the NPF from coming to the state, he said adding an all-party meet was called during the time of raising the state unit of NPF and the matter was thoroughly discussed during the meet.

Meanwhile, the three days long 12th session of the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly had commenced on December 20 at the newly inaugurated Assembly complex inside the Capitol project with obituary references to the deceased MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing and MLA Borajao.

The Chief Minister O Ibobi who is the leader of the house along with opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam, MLA O Joy, minister Parijat, MLA Morung Makunga, MLA N Mangi, MLA Ng Bijoy, MLA V Hangkhalian, MLA Dr Ratankumar and MLA I Ibohalbi highlighted the achievements and contributions of the two deceased MLA’s during the obituary reference.

The Chief Minister during his address to the house had praise Borajao for his contribution towards the welfare of his people and the state. He further described the late MLA as soft-spoken and loving person. He lived his life for the welfare of his people, the Chief Minister had added.

Further describing the deceased MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing, the Chief Minister had stated that he was a young and dedicated public leader. With his sincerity and dedication to the welfare of his people, he had managed to bring visible development in his constituency.

The Chief Minister had further described the untimely demised of the two leaders as a great loss for the state.

After the Chief Minister’s deliberation, other members of the house had also deliberated on the untiring work of the two deceased MLA’s to uplift their people.

The members had further expressed their concern over the two MLAs leaving their constituencies unattended and further urged the government to look into the projects proposals and other developmental programmes that were initiated by the two before their untimely demise.

Speaker I Hemochandra had also addressed that the untimely demise of the two leaders is a great loss for the house as well as the state.

He had also expressed his concern over the death of seven sitting MLAs during the current 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly tenure.

“The House expressed deep and profound sorrow on the demise of Wungnoashang Keishing from 42 Phungyar ST a/c and Dr Heikham Borajao from 13 Sekmai SC a/c” he had stated.

The House had further observed a two minute silence in memory of the two deceased MLAs.

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