The participation of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga Chawngthu in the Solidarity March in Aizawl on July 25, 2023 demanding balkanization of Manipur was not only provocative but also highly irresponsible, People’s Alliance for Peace and Progress, Manipur said on Friday.
Such a provocation is completely uncalled for from someone holding a position of great constitutional responsibility, the PAPPM said in a release.
Instead of the provocatory act, he could have focused on promoting peace and normalcy in Manipur, which would have been appreciated by the people of Manipur. Unfortunately, his action only added fuel to the already volatile situation in the state, M Bobby Meetei, president of PAPPM said.
By participating in the rally which displayed abusive and slanderous words about the CM Biren, he has become an accomplice to the "forced displacements" of Meiteis from Chin-Kuki dominated areas by Chin-Kuki Militants and their supporters and then attempt to villainize CM Biren Singh and Meiteis to coverup their crimes, Bobby stated.
It has now become a common knowledge that the forced displacement of Meiteis and subsequent acts of violence was a pre- planned act to ensure illegal poppy plantation and opium manufacturing without interference from the government of Manipur, he added.
Zoramthanga is also well aware of mass poppy cultivation in the forest areas of Mizoram, which he hardly interferes. From the look of it, we believe he's a partner to the crime that threatens India's national security, Bobby alleged.
As a neighbouring state of Manipur, Zoramthanga should have demonstrated wisdom and responsibility. His participation in the rally has the impact of inciting the Chin-Kuki community across India in their violent aggression against the Meiteis, thus, carries the potential to spread the ongoing unrest to the entire North East India, he said.
"We also understand that Zoramthanga has taken a solid stand of encouraging refugees from Myanmar which will jeopardize not only the future of Mizo people but the whole Northeast," Bobby said.
The PAPPM appealed to CM Zoramthanga not to be short-sighted and stop the encouragement of the Kuki- Chin militants and their supporters to commit further crimes against humanity.
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