IMPHAL, November 13: The Communist Party of India, (CPI), Manipur State Council has urged political parties, civil societies and the public to join hands with the party in safeguarding the Indo-Myanmar boundary and land of Manipur.
The CPI, Manipur in their press release claimed that the party has been unceasingly supporting the state’s causes from the past.
Regarding the Indo-Myamnar border issues, representatives of women groups had visited the border on August 18, the womenfolk being a part of the party’s mass front. A group of around 32 representatives from the party had also inspected the border on September 16.
Party leader and MP of Rajya Sabha, Dr. Raja had also brought up the border issues in the Parliament sitting on August 30 and urged the concerned ministers to bring an amicable solution to the problem in a short time, the press note of CPI further claimed.
A sit-in-protest of many parties of the state was organized at Keishampat on September 23 regarding the border issues where many resolutions were taken. State Secretary of CPI, Dr. Nara had at the occasion, urged the government to call an all party meeting to discuss and bring an end to the situation. As a result, an all party meeting was held on October 10 where a drafting committee was formed to design a memorandum and a team consisting of representatives from all the parties had also inspected the Indo-Myanmar border on October 22. The committee had then agreed to form an Indo-Myanmar “Joint Working Committee” to look into the issue and had decided oppose the border fencing works, said the release.
The CPI said that the party has always strived to maintain the image of the state in unity. It can be remembered that on September 21, 1948, founder of CPI, Jananeta Irabot was declared an underground activist. Opposing the notion, the party had from then worked towards safeguarding the state’s territorial integrity.
The unfortunate June 18 incident in Manipur which cost the loss of several lives has been remembered every year by the people and it has resulted from the Bangkok Declaration made on June 14, 2001 between NDA government and NSCN (IM). At that time, the party’s general secretary A. B. Bhardan had strongly urged the central government to take the right needful step, the press note said.
Again, in the first term of the UPA Government in 2004, the party had firmly resolved on safeguarding the integrity of the country especially the North-Eastern states when the newly formed Left-UPA Coordination Committee had tried to launch “National Common Minimum Program”, the release added.
The party has never stopped in uniting the people of the state under one roof. The party urges people to join hands with them to protect the state’s territorial integrity and invite peace to the land.