Finally the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Union government has initiated tripartite talk between the Govt. of Manipur, UNC and the Union Govt. of India to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in the state.
But to those who have been following the ongoing conflict between the UNC and the State Government, it is hard to believe that the proposed tripartite talk may be able to find an amicable solution to the conflict between the two. Reason, UNC’s stand is crystal clear – until the state government revoke the state government decision for creation of the 7 new districts, there is no way that the body which has been organizing prolonged economic blockade along the national main road will roll back their agitation. On the other hand the state government too had spell out its stand to the declaration of the 7 new district saying that there is no way that the government will revoke the creation of the 7 new districts as it is for the purpose of running better administration.
November 25, last year, similar tripartite talks was convened but, state government representatives did not attend the meeting, on the ground that the information about the talk was not conveyed on time to the state authority. Whatever be the reason, the attitude was clear that the state government will in no way retreat the creation of the seven new administrative districts.
As far as the demand of the UNC is concern, it is no wrong to imagine that the proposed talk is nothing but a political gimmick to show the people of the state that at least the government is doing something to end the misery of the people. It is an open secret that UNC’s demand is a direct threat to the territorial integrity of the state and majority of the people including the various hill tribal communities in the state are against any motive to distort the integrity of the state.
Hence, any move or decision to appease the UNC will face the music in the upcoming state assembly election scheduled on March 4 and March 8. If Central government authority started a move then BJP which is in power at the centre will lose its popularity in the state and if it is the state government then definitely the people will give a befitting reply to the Congress party in the upcoming election.
So, matter wanted to draw the attention of our readers is that, people of the state have no reason to be happy to the proposed tripartite talk as one have no reason to believe that the so call talk will solve the present crisis in the state.
Source: Imphal Times