IMPHAL, December 16: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is deeply concerned over the grievances faced by the common people of the state due to the frequent economic blockade and promulgation of the AFSPA in Manipur, stated Union minister of state, Rural development, Agatha Sangma during a press conference held this evening at the Thangmeiband office complex of the NCP Manipur unit.
Further addressing the conference, the NCP leader stated that it is unfortunate that the state government has failed to look into the grievances of the general public of the state caused by the imposition of frequent economic blockades along the national highways and the victimization of the people of the state by security forces under the AFSPA since the last many decades.
The petite lady further stated that, during her three days visit to the state she has managed to gather a series of information related to human rights violations in the state due to the promulgation of AFSPA in the state.
Further acknowledging that there has been injustice meted out to the common people by the state actors, she added that she will write her personal letters to the Prime Minister and the Union home minister asking for the prevention of economic blockades along the national highways of the state and the total repeal of AFSPA from the state.
Meanwhile, she further informed that she was visiting the state as the official observer of the NCP ahead of the state general election.
She further informed that the NCP is ready to form pre-poll alliance with like-minded political parties in the state and that her party will try to form a coalition government in the state.
Meanwhile state unit president, Radhabinod Koijam answering to queries from media persons on the formation of pre-poll alliance in the state, announced that the party has a written agreement with the Manipur People’s Party to form a pre-poll alliance; however other parties have also showed their keenness to form pre-poll alliances with the NCP.
He further informed that the NCP unit with its partners will field 30 candidates to contest the ensuing general election in the state.
Further touching upon the insurgency problem in the state, the opposition leader opined that it should be ended through the process of peaceful dialogues.
He further stated that the ten years rule of the SPF government has brought only miseries and turmoil upon the people of the state. The government has turned its back to the people of the state during the prolonged economic blockade and violation of human rights by security forces in the name of counter insurgency under the cover of AFSPA, however if his party is allowed to come into power, the NCP will never allow such things, he added.
The NCP will always opposed the recognition of Naga People’s Front as a political party in the state, stated the opposition leader, which was seconded by both MPP president Dr Nimaichand Luwang and former Union minister Th Chaoba who also attended the conference in a show of pre-poll alliance between the two parties.
Meanwhile, the NCP leader will leave the state tomorrow.