IMPHAL | Dec 2: Former chief minister, O. Ibobi said the public of the state cannot believe the assurance given by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi that the framework agreement will not affect the territorial integrity of the state as the contents of the framework agreement is still kept secret.
He was addressing a crowd during a sit-in protest demanding disclosure of the framework agreement between the central government and NSCN-IM today at Loukham Leirak community hall, Sagolband Tera organised by Patsoi Block Congress Committee.
The former CM said that the public cannot trust Bharatya Janata Party especially when it comes to the framework agreement as they have even broken their many assurances to the public during the election campaign.
Ibobi charged BJP that during the time of election the BJP used the NSCN-IM as their weapon to win the election by letting the NSCN-IM’s frontal organisation UNC call an indefinite blockade.
“If the BJP were not to be in power in the state today, there is every chance the blockade would still be continuing,” he added.
Stating that the unity between the people of hills and valley has never been ruptured since from the beginning of history he said shouting that the new government has brought unity between the people of hills and valley is ridiculous.
Ibobi warned that unwanted situation like the June 18 incident may arise if the framework agreement leaves provisions for destroying the territorial and emotional integrity of the state.
Former deputy chief minister, Gaikhangam who also attended the sit-in protest said that demanding disclosure of the contents of the framework agreement is the rights of the public and it is not a political issue created by Congress at all.
“Why have the contents of the framework agreement still not been disclosed if, as claimed by the BJP, they do not affect the territorial and emotional integrity of the state?” he asked.
Source: Imphal Free Press