Manipur governor congratulates state govt on lifting of economic blockade

IMPHAL, March 19: Governor Najma Heptulla expressed happiness over lifting of economic blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC).

While speaking to media persons, the governor said she has been trying hard to lift the blockade. She congratulated the new government for the efforts made.

Governor Najma Heptulla has been repeatedly appealing for lifting of the blockade.

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She had, earlier, stated that she is deeply concerned at the indefinite economic blockade imposed by the UNC on two National Highways. “The blockade has caused immense hardships to the people of the state, particularly in the valley districts.” said Najma Heptulla

Prior to the elections, she said, “To enable the general public to participate in this very important democratic process and exercise their right of franchise freely and fairly, lifting of the economic blockade is indispensable at this critical juncture.”

The governor appealed to the leaders of UNC and their supporters to consider lifting of the blockade at the earliest keeping aside the stand-off between the UNC and the government. She had also expressed concern at the picketing of government offices in all the Naga dominated areas in the hill districts and appealed to all concerned to discontinue such agitation in the interest of the people of the state so as to enable the government functionaries to discharge their responsibilities without any interruption.

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All issues can be and should be resolved through dialogue, she said.

She also expressed her confidence that the leaders of UNC and their supporters will consider lifting the blockade on humanitarian ground and in the larger interest of all the people in the state. The economic blockade imposed by the UNC will be lifted today midnight after completion of 141 days.

An agreement was inked today at Senapati district headquarters after about four hours of talks.

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The two leaders of UNC — Gaidon Kamei, President and Stephen Lamkang, Information Secretary — who were arrested on November 25, will also be released. The tripartite talks among the Government of India, Government of Manipur and United Naga Council was held at Senapati District Headquarters with the Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs in the chair.

This talks were occasioned by ongoing economic blockade by UNC since November 1 on the issue of creation of new districts.

(Agencies)

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