Imphal/ July 31, 2023 (SPN) | Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that Manipur violence is a National Security issue.
A delegation comprising 21 Opposition MPs, led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the INC, visited Manipur and met with Governor Anusuiya Uikey at the Raj Bhavan to discuss the prevailing situation in the state yesterday.
Arriving in Imphal on July 29, the delegation promptly visited various relief camps in Churachandpur, Bishnupur, and Imphal districts to meet with those affected by the recent violence.
Addressing the media at the Raj Bhavan gate, Deputy CLP leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, emphasized that the Manipur violence has escalated to become a national security issue.
The delegation called for a comprehensive discussion of the Manipur crisis in Parliament, stressing the need to put an end to the ongoing conflict. Adhir Ranjan further urged the ruling party to allow sufficient time for such discussions.
Due to the prolonged violence, trust has eroded between the Kuki and Meitei communities. Moreover, the violence has severely impacted the economic status of all groups, leading to scarcity of essential commodities.
Medical supplies have also been affected, making it challenging for displaced individuals to afford medicine when family members fall ill.
During the meeting with the Governor, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury described the plight of the people in the relief camps, expressing concern about their pain, sorrow, and prevailing fear.
The effects of the conflict have been widespread, affecting women, children, students, and all sections of society. It is crucial to take decisive action to put an end to the ongoing conflict.
The issue is not only a matter of law and order but also an ethnic conflict that requires special attention. Efforts should be made to eliminate hatred among the communities.
The delegates submitted a memorandum to the Governor, urging the restoration of peace and harmony through effective measures and ensuring justice for all.
Rehabilitation and resettlement of affected individuals are deemed urgent to achieve lasting peace and harmony.
Governor Anusuiya Uikey welcomed the delegation’s visit to Manipur and commended their efforts towards restoring peace and normalcy.
She assured the delegation that both the Central and State Governments are diligently working to contain the situation and restore peace. Security forces are actively fulfilling their responsibilities to protect the people.
To foster trust and understanding between the communities, the Governor called for the removal of hatred and peaceful cooperation among all stakeholders.
The Governor appealed to the delegates to engage in a peaceful dialogue with Civil Society Organisations representatives from both communities to maintain the long-standing tradition of peaceful co-existence.
During the meeting, State CLP Okram Ibobi, MPCC president K Meghachandra, and MPCC Treasurer Thokchom Lokeshwor were also present to support the delegation’s efforts.