Manipur: 10 parties resolve to find solution to Manipur crisis

IMPHAL: Ten like-minded political parties have resolved to strengthen democracy in Manipur and find a solution to the crisis besieging the state. At a conference held here on Thursday, they unanimously agreed that the state’s challenges and issues were brought on by the “total failure and negligence of both the Centre and the state” and decided to cooperate in finding a solution.
The 10 parties are Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena (UBT) and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Manipur.
It was decided that investigation should be conducted into all offences committed against women, children, elders, students and youth without any discrimination. “We shall stage demonstrations on matters that are significant to the general populace. We demand that the administration engage in dialogue with the relevant parties to find a peaceful resolution and a long-term strategy for stability and harmony in Manipur. We are prepared to support any effort to further the peace process. Strength is in our unity. To bring about a change in Manipur, we will work hand in hand,” the parties resolved.
After the convention, former CM and CLP leader Okram Ibobi Singh told the media that democracy must be strengthened or people will face an authoritarian form of governance. In order to defend Manipur, he said, Manipur’s democracy needs to be strengthened through political involvement. One of the representatives of the 10 political parties and JD(U) state unit spokesperson Nimaichand Luwang said about 100 delegates from various political parties attended the convention.
The convention also criticised the security forces’ alleged cruel treatment of students who were demanding justice for the two missing youths, Hijam Linthoingambi and Phijam Hemanjit, who are suspected to have been killed.

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