BJP trashes government`s handling of ILPS issue

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IMPHAL, July 17: The Congress government in the State has no clear stand on how to implement a legislation to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur, claimed BJP Manipur Pradesh president Th Chaoba today.

Speaking to media persons today at the party office, Chaoba demanded the government to step down if it is unable to enact the law.

The BJP, he said is not interested in having a cup of tea in the name of the all political parties meeting at the Chief Minister`™s bungalow.

The ILPS issue is a state issue and the government needs to take public opinion, and the State government should initiate public seminars to discuss the issue, Chaoba claimed.

And if both the Congress and the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System are unable to organise such a public seminar, the BJP will do and all regardless of political party affiliation would be welcome to attend the seminar, he said.

The BJP didn`t participate in the all political parties meeting because it doesn`t believe the Congress government, he said.

The issue of migrants and labourers fall in the union list and the State government cannot infringe on the list, and the BJP wants the new bill to be under the ambit of the Indian Constitution, he said.

The BJP also strongly condemned the death of Sapam Robinhood due to police firing at a student rally, he said.

At the same time it is also more unfortunate that the government has decided to remain silent on the issue, he said.

The government has failed to even institute a judicial inquiry and the police personnel involved are yet to be identified, he claimed.

Instead the authorities have registered a FIR against the innocent students who were participating in the July 8 rally, he lamented.

The BJP consultative committee on ILPS will be submitting its recommendations to the State president and if required to the State government, informed general secretary administration Asnikumar.

BJP minority morcha president Nasir Russel said that Muslim community also endorses the ILPS demand in state.

He further appealed to all concerned organisations to relax curfew or bands for the coming three days as the Muslim community will be celebrating the Idel Fitr.

The festival may bring peace and tranquillity among the various communities of Manipur, he said.

Chaoba also wished the people of the State on the occasion of the festival.

Meanwhile, a BJP press statement has informed that the party president has directed the State unit to open 21 departments for the smooth functioning of the party in the State for which the departments have been opened.

The departments include Good governance, Policy, Planning and Research (including New Schemes of NDA government, Media Relation of BJP, Training department, Politial feedback and response, National Programme and Meeting, Documentation and Library of BJP, Sahyog and Disaster Officer, Tours and programme, Publicity Literature, Cordination of Trust/NGOs, Election Commission, Legal Affair department among others

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