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21 MPs from 16 parties will visit Manipur today. Details here

Manipur violence: 20 MPs from opposition alliance INDIA to visit Manipur to assess ground situation of violence and communal tensions.

I.N.D.I.A alliance MPs at Delhi airport to leave for a two-day visit to ManipurPremium
I.N.D.I.A alliance MPs at Delhi airport to leave for a two-day visit to Manipur

Manipur violence: On Sunday, a delegation of 20 Members of Parliament from 16 parties will visit clashes-hit Manipur to have an "on-the-spot assessment" of the ground situation. The 20 MPs will be from the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

Speaking about the visit to Manipur, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "We are going there not to raise political issues but to understand the pain of the people of Manipur. We have been appealing to the government to find a solution to the sensitive situation which has emerged in Manipur. It is not a law & order situation but there is communal violence there. It is also affecting its neighbouring states. The government has not fulfilled its responsibility. We are going to assess the real situation on the ground in Manipur".

The Opposition alliance has protested in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament over their demand for a detailed discussion on the situation in Manipur and a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

They are upset that why the Prime Minister has remained silent on this issue which turned extremely bitter and violent in May this year. More than hundreds of people have died in the tiny northeastern state and thousands of people have been displaced.

The clashes broke out in Manipur after a "Tribal Solidarity March" was organised in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and many have been injured in the violence.

The clashes were preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, which led to a series of smaller agitations.

Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal valley. Tribals, including Nagas and Kukis, account for another 40% of the population and reside in the hill districts.

INDIA ALLIANCE IN MANIPUR FOR TWO DAYS

The 21-member Opposition delegation, from both Houses, includes Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh and Phulo Devi Netam of the Congress; Rajiv Ranjan Lalan Singh of the JDU; Sushmita Dev from Trinamool Congress; Kanimozhi from DMK; Sandosh Kumar of the CPI; AA Rahim from CPI(M), Manoj Kumar Jha of RJD; Javed Ali Khan of SP; Mahua Maji of JMM; PP Mohammed Faizal of NCP; Aneel Prasad Hegde of JDU, ET Mohammed Basheer of IUML; NK Premachandran of RSP; Sushil Gupta of AAP; Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena (UBT); D Ravikumar of VCK; Thiru Thol Thirumavalavan also of VCK; and Jayant Singh of the RLD.

The opposition bloc had written to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who allowed the delegation to visit the state.

The delegation would be meeting Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Sunday morning, Hussain said.

The Congress leader said the MPs have sought to use helicopters there and if allowed, they will be able to visit the far-flung areas of Churachandpur, where fresh violence has taken place.

Congress leader Naseer Hussain alleged that massacres, violence, and rapes are happening in Manipur for the last 86 days.

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Published: 29 Jul 2023, 08:04 AM IST
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