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Opposition criticize the Prime Minister for remaining silent on the matter of Manipur’s situation

A delegation of 21 Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) visited relief camps in Manipur and subsequently met with Governor Anusuiya Uikey in Imphal. They submitted a memorandum in which they raised concerns about the prevailing "anger" and "alienation" among the Kuki-Zomi and Meitei communities in the state. The MPs, representing 16 parties as part of the INDIA alliance, are on a two-day visit to Manipur to assess the situation.

By Rekha Joshi 
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During their visit to Imphal, Churachandpur, and Moirang on the previous day, the MPs were deeply saddened and shocked by the stories of anxiety, uncertainty, and suffering among the individuals affected by the clashes. The memorandum highlighted the breakdown of law and order in the state, the dire conditions in the relief camps, and the plight of children affected by the violence. Additionally, they mentioned that the three-month-long restriction on internet services was exacerbating the situation by giving rise to unsubstantiated rumors and further mistrust.

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The MPs urged Governor Uikey to inform the Central government about the complete breakdown of law and order in Manipur over the past 89 days, seeking intervention to restore peace and normalcy. They emphasized the importance of justice and rehabilitation in bringing peace and harmony to the affected communities.

The memorandum pointed out that the failure of both the central and state governments to protect the lives and properties of people from the Kuki-Zomi and Meitei communities had resulted in over 140 deaths, more than 500 injuries, and the destruction of over 5,000 houses. It also led to the internal displacement of more than 60,000 people.

After their meeting with Governor Uikey, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury shared that she had recommended an all-party delegation visit to Manipur to address the atmosphere of mistrust among the communities. The Governor expressed her support and advised the delegation to speak with leaders from both communities to find a solution. Chowdhury stated that once they get the opportunity, the findings of the Opposition MPs would be presented before Parliament, emphasizing that the situation was becoming a matter of national security.

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