Chidambaram denies report on Supra State Body

Morung Express

Dimapur, November 19 : Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday categorically denied the report of the Seven Sister Post that the Central government is close to offering a Supra-State body instead of Greater Nagalim for Nagas. A statement issued by Meghachandra Kongbam, Joint Director, Manipur Information Centre, New Delhi stated that Union Home Minister informed the Manipur Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi Singh in a meeting at his office chamber at North Block this morning that Union Home Ministry had no such arrangement of forming the Supra State Body for Nagas.
Chidambaram is said to have further informed that Union Home Ministry had not issued any statement to the press in the matter. In fact, he was surprised to see the news report when the Ibobi showed the press clipping of the news story, and said it was a mischievous and baseless report, Kongbam informed.
In the wake of report that appeared in the press, the Manipur Chief rushed to Delhi yesterday to meet the Prime Minister, Home Minister and INC President Sonia Gandhi. He met Sonia Gandhi before meeting with Union Home Minister. Sonia Gandhi is also said to have been surprised to see the news report. Ibobi could not meet the Prime Minister as he was in Bali to attend the 9th India-ASEAN summit .
In a letter addressed to the Union Home Minister regarding the so called ‘Supra State Body’ arrangement reportedly worked out by the Government of India with the NSCN (IM); Ibobi stated, “We have not been consulted in regard to any arrangement which is reportedly being worked out with the Naga insurgent group, NSCN (IM).  We are concerned that if the aforesaid reports are true, it may lead to a sharp and widespread public agitation which may turn violent and have serious implications on the already complicated law and order situation of Manipur”.
The Manipur Chief Minister reminded Chidambaram that the State Government had repeatedly and consistently opposed any arrangement which would impact on the territorial integrity of the State of Manipur. He understood that the State governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had also opposed any understanding with the NSCN (IM) which would impact the territorial integrity of their states as well.  In the letter, Ibobi urged the Government of India to issue immediate clarification to dispel any conclusion/misunderstanding which had been generated following publication of the above mentioned media reports.  He was informed that various civil society groups in Manipur were extremely alarmed leading to speculations and apprehensions among the people of Manipur State, the letter added.
Ibobi also requested the Union Home Minister to consult the State government before considering any understanding or arrangement which the Government of India might have been contemplating to arrive at with the NSCN (IM), the letter further added. Ibobi also conveyed to the Union Home Minister that Manipur’s territorial integrity could not be compromised under any circumstances.

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