Manipur former minister Nimaichand Luwang on Saturday lambasted the state and Central government for failing to rein in the conflict even after nearly five months.
“The BJP government at the Centre and state are directly responsible for the inception and prolonging the crisis for their vested political interests,” he alleged.
He was speaking at the 127th Birth Anniversary of Jananeta Hijam Irawat observed at Manipur Dramatic Union, Imphal on Saturday. The observation was organised by the Jananeta Hijam Irawat Birthday Celebration Committee.
Nimaichand further emphasised the need for both the ruling and the Opposition MLAs to strive collectively, beyond party lines, to resolve the crisis.
“The state ministers and MLAs need to be united and tilt pressure on the center. It depends on their effort, but we will have to wait and see if the central government evades or accepts the plea of the people and the representatives,” he said.
He stated that such an intense conflict would not have risen if an able leader like Irawat was leading the state.
Irawat was an exceptional leader with an enigmatic aura who led the people by example, he added.
He pointed out that Irawat’s political philosophy revolves around the idea of inclusiveness and removal of all anti-social elements from the society.
Meanwhile, former speaker of Manipur Assembly Irengbam Hemochandra highlighted that Irawat was a rooted leader who exchanged his comfortable life to lead the impoverished section of the Manipuri society out of their numerous plights.
“The present leaders can learn a thing or two from the various contributions and sacrifices of the great Jananeta. He was like no other before him,” he said.
During the observation, the attendees paid floral tribute to the image of Jananeta Hijam Irawat.
Chairman of the celebration Committee Salam Sarat, JDU president Kshetrimayum Biren, AAP activity coordinator Bishwanath Thingnam, AIFB secretary Khomdram Gyaneshwor among others were also present at the observation.