United Peoples' Front (UPF) president N Rupachandra has urged the government to address the ongoing crisis, saying it has turned indigenous people into refugees in their own land and has burdened the common populace.
Speaking during the UPF silver jubilee commemoration at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal, Rupachandra emphasised the extensive suffering endured by Manipur's residents due to the prolonged crisis. The crisis has persisted for nearly four months.
Highlighting the distressing reality faced by Manipur's indigenous population, Rupachandra questioned the value of indigeneity when the ability to travel freely within one's own state is restricted, and thousands are internally displaced.
The UPF president further lamented over the restricted access to the internet, which is only available through costly broadband connections, limiting its use to financially privileged individuals.
Stressing the adverse impact of the situation on education and employment, the president appealed to the government to broaden internet access for the benefit of the general public.
Criticising the government's plan to hold a single-day Assembly session, he labelled it an attempt to avert a constitutional crisis rather than a decision in the public interest.
To alleviate the plight of Manipur's residents and address the ongoing crisis, Rupachandra urged the government to extend the Assembly sitting to a minimum of five days.
The silver jubilee event also included a two-minute silence in honour of Manipur's heroes and recognition of notable personalities.
Attendees at the event included UCM General Secretary W Second, Haomee Research Guild Manipur Chairman Robin Shinglai, MAPI Council President KC Romeo, and NIPCO President O Premjit.
UPF advisor L Jadu also addressed the gathering on the topic "India gi Divide and Rule Policy na Manipur gi Phurup Singi Marakta Tharum Tounarakpa" as a resource person.