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Manipur assembly reaffirms boundary

IMPHAL (CNS):Manipur Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging the Centre to ensure that the August 3 Peace Accord signed between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) does not compromise with the state’s territorial integrity. 

Manipur chief minister O. Ibobi Singh moved the resolution to welcome the initiative of the government of India to bring peace in the north east region after passing the three bills.

The resolution, moved by the chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, said “this House while welcoming the fresh initiative of the government of India to bring peace in the North Eastern region of the country resolves to urge the Union government to ensure that the ‘Peace Accord’ of 3rd August, 2015 signed by the government of India and NSCN (IM) and any subsequent agreements do not impinge on the territorial integrity of the state of Manipur.”
“The House still further resolves to urge the Union government to amend Article 3 of the Constitution of India by incorporating that prior consent of the state legislature of the affected state(s) shall be mandatory while forming new states, alteration of areas and boundaries or names of existing state,” the resolution said.

Resolutions adopted
Urges Centre to ensure that the Peace Accord and any subsequent agreements do not impinge on the territorial integrity of the state of Manipur.

Appeals Union government to amend Article 3 of the Constitution of India by incorporating that prior consent of the state legislature of the affected state(s) shall be mandatory while forming new states, alteration of areas and boundaries or names of existing state Opposition member L Ibomcha Singh of NCP welcomed the peace accord but said, it should be confined only in Nagaland and Manipur should not be involved in the talks even if the Prime Minister invited it. 

“Manipur government may consider taking part in the talks if the accord signed on August 3, 2015 is withdrawn and draft a new one after consultation with the states at the neighbour of Nagaland” he said. 

NPF member Samuel Risom termed the accord as a historic one and observed that it might be premature to take any resolution on the accord without knowing the content of the framework.  

Other MLAs opined that keeping the content of the framework secret was unfortunate while insisting the Centre disclose it, if it was sincere enough in solving the issue.

State works minister Dr Kh Ratankumar, rural development and panchayati raj minister Francis Ngajokpa, Dr I Ibohanbi and Th Shyamkumar of Trinamool Congress, Karam Shyam of LJD, Dr Ng Bijoy, Nandakumar and K Ranjit of ruling Congress and Nunglun Victor, Alexander Pao and Simon Risom of NPF took part during the discussion on the government motion.

The resolution also appealed to the Union government to ensure that all stakeholders, especially Manipur, were taken into confidence, the peace process be transparent and no fresh discords should be brought while attempting to settle an existing one.  

The last day of the special session of the house was lasted for 1 hour and 18 minutes. 

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