Senior politician and former MLA, O Joy Singh led a team of four former MLAs namely, RK Anand Singh, E Chand Singh and P Sharatchandra Singh called on Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday and requested to initiate a peace process to bring peace and normalcy in the state.
The team submitted a memorandum to the Governor urging to stop all forms of violence.
As per a press release from the Raj Bhavan, the former MLAs said that as concerned citizens, they believe in parliamentary democracy and therefore, the Centre should solve the unrest through democratic means.
Appreciating the role of the Governor in the run up for bringing back peace and normalcy in the state, they said, people of the state believe that the Governor will definitely initiate a dialogue process with the two communities so that a durable solution to the ongoing conflict is achieved., the Raj Bhavan said.
They requested the Governor for urging the Prime Minister to take steps for bringing back peace as a gift of the coming New Year urged her to take steps to implement NRC with base year as 1951, reviewing of Suspension-of-Operation Agreement with Chin-Kuki armed groups, to ensure free and safe movement of people and goods in the national highways, to conduct elections to Autonomous District Councils and other local self-government institutions and creation of Legislative Council of Manipur. They also urged the Centre and State government to ensure a White Paper on Manipur’s integrity is placed and discussed in the current session of the Parliament, the Raj Bhavan said.
The Governor, while welcoming the suggestions made by the team, said the Centre is taking the issue seriously and discussions are on with various stakeholders including leaders of CSOs.
She said, the suggestions put up from different corners have been noted and sent to the Centre from time to time and added that she is in touch with the Prime Minister and Home Minister.
The Governor assured the team that she will put up their suggestions to the Prime Minister when she meets him in New Delhi and asked the team to continue their efforts to bring back peace and normalcy in the best interest of the People of Manipur.