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NPP might withdraw support from Biren-led Manipur government: Y Joykumar

The National People’s Party (NPP) will take strong steps and might even decide to withdraw from the Biren-led BJP Manipur government if it fails to take developmental steps in the present turmoil within three months, said national vice president of NPP Yumnam Joykumar on Monday.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 2 Jul 2024, 10:55 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

The National People’s Party (NPP) will take strong steps and might even decide to withdraw from the Biren-led BJP Manipur government if it fails to take developmental steps in the present turmoil within three months, said national vice president of NPP Yumnam Joykumar on Monday.

Joykumar told the media at the state party head office located at Naoremthong, Imphal West that a general body meeting at the national level along with the national president of the political party was conducted recently in June at Shillong.

The meeting seriously discussed the “step-sisterly treatment” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) towards northeastern states including Manipur. The Manipur crisis, which has been ongoing since May 3, has had a serious impact on the entire Northeastern region, including Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Manipur, he added.

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He said the recent Lok Sabha election could be an example as no MP candidate from Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Manipur supported by the BJP won. No representatives of NPP were invited even while calling for an All Political Party meeting in Manipur, he added.

In the Biren-led government, seven seats from NPP supported the BJP government unconditionally while forming the government.

Joykumar said the national president of the party, Conrad Sangma, also takes the issue seriously. He continued that CM N Biren Singh recently claimed that a developmental change could be witnessed in the ongoing Manipur crisis within three months. Despite his statement, violence reignited in Manipur’s Jiribam district, said Joykumar.

No agenda or programme to solve the Manipur crisis has been seen so far in the 100 days of the Modi 3.0 government, said Joykumar.

Yumnam Joykumar, who is also a former Director General of Police of Manipur, further claimed that “Chinland Defense Force (CDF) and People's Defence Force (PDF) (rebel groups based in Myanmar) are creating the problems in the Manipur crisis.”

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“To defend and control those foreign militants is the duty of the Central government, not the state government. What is the central government doing to stop the new influx of illegal immigrants?” he questioned.

There is a suspicion that the Central government is sidelining the Manipur crisis, he added. He cautioned the Biren-led government that the NPP will withdraw its support if it fails to bring a developmental change in the present crisis.

“Although the Biren-led government might not be affected after our withdrawal of support, the party wants to let the public know that NPP is concerned about bringing back normalcy in Manipur,” he said.

Responding to the media, Joykumar said more than half of the NPP MLAs will stand with the decision of the party. However, the party will take necessary steps against those who are against the party’s decision, he added. 

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