Manipur Blockade Ends After 130 Days Following Success Of Talks Between Nagas And BJP Government

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8:10 pm 19 Mar, 2017

The BJP government in Manipur led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh achieved its first major success within days after coming to power.

 

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From midnight on Sunday, March 19, the Manipur blockade will be lifted. The blockade which was imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) on November 1 last year has been in force since then.

 

Talks were held between the Centre, UNC leaders and the Manipur government today at Senapati district. Following the talks, the UNC agreed to lift the blockade.

 


Manipur’s economy has been badly hit in the last 130 days because of the blockade. The UNC had blocked two national highways that connect the state to rest of India leading to a shortage of communities.

Rising prices at a time when the Centre announced the demonetization drive hit the people of Manipur hard.

Under the terms agreed upon is that the state government will release all arrested UNC leaders and take back cases related to the blockade against them unconditionally.

 

The UNC was protesting against Congress leader and former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s decision to create seven new districts in the state.

Despite the then Congress government’s efforts, talks continued to fail. The last such talks were held in February before the state went to polls.

 

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Though the Congress emerged as the single largest party, the BJP quickly garnered enough support from other parties to form a coalition government.

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