After a tripartite talk involving United Naga Council, Gol and the Manipur government, the economic blockade in Manipur will finally be lifted from today midnight. Soon after taking charge as the new chief minister of the state, N Biren Singh had assured that he will fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to lift the ongoing economic blockade in the state that was imposed by UNC since November 1, 2016. The blockade has caused hardship to the people of the state as UNC imposed it to protest against the previous Congress government’s move to create two new districts of Sadar Hills and Jiribam, where the Naga community have substantial presence.
During the election rally prior to the polls, PM Narendra Modi had assured that if BJP comes into power in the state, the new administration will lift the economic blockade with 48 hours of forming the government. The newly elected Manipur CM on Wednesday said told the media that “Let the protest be finished, we will do as per the promise of the prime minister.”
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The development comes in the backdrop of the Naga People’s Front announcing their support for the BJP-led coalition to form government in the state. The support of NPF was essential for the saffron party to ultimately get the majority numbers. The UNC since the beginning has been fierce in its protest against the Manipur state administration and has even demanded a complete separation from the state. Even the NPF backed its demand. During the election campaigns in the state, the previous Congress-run state government and the BJP ruled Centre criticised each other over the blockade. While the BJP blamed the Ibobi Singh administration for failing to lift the blockade, the Congress has put the onus on the BJP stating that the Centre was holding Naga peace talks with the NSCN (IM) and therefore could pressurise the UNC to quit its protest.