If the double-engine government of the BJP is unable to bring an amicable solution to the ongoing Manipur crisis, then the civil society organisations and all political parties of the state will work together to bring a solution, said Kshetrimayum Santa, secretary of CPI(Marxist) on Thursday.
In a press meet held at the Manipur Press Club by 10 opposition political parties, Santa said that the government is yet to arrange a joint meeting with the CSOs, political parties to end the ongoing crisis which is about to reach six-months. He questioned if this is to receive funds by continuing the crisis. Conflicts in the other parts of the world are solved by sitting together on a table, he said.
“A saying of our forefathers — to strike the iron when it is hot is worth remembering and will not be of use to act when the matter has settled down,” he further said.
“It has been six months, and both the Central and state government have not taken up any initiative of holding table talks with both sides,” said Santa, adding, the government should take up initiative as soon as possible or else the opposition parties along with CSOs and general public will work together.
The press meet was attended by representatives of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), All India Forward Block (AIFB), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India(M), Indian National Congress (INC), Janata Dal United(JDU), Nationalist Congress Party(NCP), Revolutionary Socialist Party(RSP), and Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray).