MLAs resign from drafting committee leaving govt in a quandary; BJP bids for PR

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IMPHAL, July 30: Three MLAs who are members of the government constituted drafting committee of the Inner Line Permit bill have submitted their resignation to the Chief Minister today.

Sources also informed that the State government has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs for deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Imphal.

Meanwhile, top brass of the BJP State unit are presently in the national capital urging the Union government to clamp President`™s Rule in Manipur.

According to reliable sources, MLAs RK Anand, N Biren and Ng Bijoy who are members of the drafting committee of the bill for protection of indigenous people have tendered their resignations to the Chief Minister in the afternoon today.

The said committee was constituted in July 21 by the State government with minister Th Debendra as the chairman, M Yaiskul Meitei, special secretary as the convener along with the three MLAs as members.

The reason behind the three legislature`™s motive for leaving the committee is still not clear.

But, sources maintained that N Biren was annoyed that the police personnel who were responsible for the death of Sapam Robinhood are still not suspended. He had argued that the police who were responsible for shooting Ngangom Robinson at Singjamei Mayeng Leikai on July 28 were suspended, but no action has been taken against those who were involved in the Robinhood incident despite a judicial inquiry being initiated in the regard, according to the sources.

Late night reports informed that the Chief Minister had called RK Anand and Ng Bijoy to his bungalow to settle the matter but, N Biren refused to come for talks.

It may be mentioned that the late S Robinhood belongs to N Biren`™s assembly constituency.

IFP called up the concerned MLAs to verify the reports, but they remained unreachable.

Regarding the ILPS agitations, the State government has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi for deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF) at Imphal.

Reliable sources mentioned that a fax message has been sent to the Joint Secretary (North East), MHA seeking immediate deployment of at least two companies of RAF at Imphal to aid in handling the law and order problem.

Sources maintained that the request for deployment of RAF was made in light of the intense agitations over the ILP issue and the under-staffed Manipur Police.

It is also learnt that acting on the problems faced by the public, the BJP Manipur Pradesh top leaders including its president Th Chaoba are presently camped at Delhi to meet the Union ministers and to put up a memorandum to the concern for clamping President`™s Rule in the State.

This is in the light that the State government has been unable to tender to the genuine demand of the public and handle the series of ongoing protests in the State.

Sources mentioned that signatures of BJP members have been collected in the petition urging for President`™s Rule.

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