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MP Mary Kom seeks Modi’s help in diffusing Manipur situation

By Our Correspondent Updated: Dec 22, 2016 10:47 pm

Imphal, Dec 22: Amid the ongoing volatile situation in Manipur following blockades and counter blockades, London Olympic medallist and Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve blockade in the border state.
In a letter to the prime minister today, Mary Kom said that the state of Manipur was going through one of the toughest of times.
“The whole section of communities both in hills and valley, residing in Manipur are suffering due to the economic blockade and counter blockade and have now turned into ugly consequences of greater destruction and if not intervened in time, there are possibilities of untoward happenings and the people are so insecure,” says the Rajya Sabha MP from Manipur’s Churachandpur district in her one-page letter.
“Irrespective of the causes and reasons, I strongly recommend and request you to consider this prevailing situation in Manipur a serious matter and kindly intervene at the earliest for peaceful solution and the state be brought back to normalcy. This act will remain a great achievement and the people will remain in owe towards your kind intervention,” MP Kom, also a consultation committee (coal and mines) member stated.
Manipur is reeling from artificial scarcity of essential items due to the indefinite economic blockade by called by the United Naga Council (UNC) on the state’s two national highways –National Highway 2 and National Highway 37) in protest against the move to create Sadar Hills and Jiribam into full fledged districts.
Meanwhile, the Thangmeiband Rongmei village council and neighbouring villages took out a public rally in Imphal demanding immediate lifting of the indefinite economic blockade to address the difficulties of the public. The Chingmi-tammi peace committee of Yaingangpokpi area also had a sit-in demonstration seeking peaceful co-existence among the different communities of the state.
On the other hand, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Wednesday said that the state government will hold talks with the United Naga Council (UNC) if the ongoing indefinite economic blockade was lifted first.
Former Union Minister and All India Congress Committee leader CP Joshi and his colleague Ramesh Chennithala, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Ministers, MLAs and high ranking the state government officials attended the event.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Dec 22, 2016 10:47:54 pm