Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said there has to be some short of dialogue and discussion on the Manipur issue and that is the primary responsibility for both the Central and state government.
“If it is a double-engine government, then please make double-energy efforts to try and bring everybody together to a table. We have done this in the past. It is the only way all problems that India has faced in the last 75 years have been resolved,” he said.
Speaking to the media at Manipur Press Club, Yechury said the ‘double engine’ government of the BJP should double its efforts in resolving the conflict, which has been going on for over three months.
He said disarmament should be the precondition for peace talks between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur and union home minister Amit Shah should lead an all-party delegation to the state.
“Disarmament should be a precondition for the talks. Talks have to begin with a ceasefire, and then it should proceed on the issues,” Yechury said and also urged the Centre to send a parliamentary delegation to the state.
“We have told the Centre repeatedly to send a delegation of all political parties in Parliament led by union home minister Amit Shah to Manipur,” he said, urging the government to hold meetings with opposition parties in the state.
Yechury alleged that there were no basic amenities at the relief camps where the people affected by the violence were staying.
“We appealed to Governor Anusuiya Uikey to intervene to ensure the amenities,” he said.
Yechury also said there were no basic amenities at the relief camps where the people affected by the violence were staying.
Before leaving for Manipur, Yechury had demanded the sacking of chief minister N Biren Singh.
Yechury also said that dialogue and discussion are the only ways through which all the problems in India have been resolved so far and the same should happen in Manipur.
Earlier on Friday, the CPI (M) delegation visited the relief camps at Moirang and Churachandpur and slammed the ‘complicit callousness’ of BJP governments at Centre and in state. The delegation met Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey on Saturday and raised the issue with her.
Sitaram Yechury also spoke on the danger of communalism-biggest challenge to the secular democratic republic of India at Manipur Press Club. CPI (M) delegation comprises Central Committee members Jitendra Chaudhury, Suprakash Talukdar, and Deblina Hembram.