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MPP Digs Up ’72 UNIC Pact, Wants Rollback

Imphal, Sep 8: Manipur People’s Party (MPP) has said today that unless the Congress party declares the 1972 merger agreement with the erstwhile United Naga Integration Council (UNIC) with the Congress party as null and void, it would be deemed that the Congress is one party trying to break up the territory of Manipur.

Enclosing a copy of the 1972 agreement copy, the MPP today issued a press communique saying that the people ought to know the details of the agreement.

As per the agreement document furnished by the MPP today, representatives of the United Naga Integration Council (UNIC), the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) signed a pact on August 4, 1972 which states, ‘It is agreed upon that the Congress Party does not oppose the Naga Integration movement and does not consider Naga integration movement as anti- party, anti-National, anti-State and unconstitutional activity.

Further, it is agreed upon that no Congress Party member will be subjected to disciplinary action on the ground that he or she, is involved in Naga integration movement. It is also agreed upon that the Naga integration problem should be discussed and settled at the Government level.

The party members can also discuss the matter at different part levels.’

The August 4, 1972 agreement also states, ‘Participants of the merger talk, after free and frank deliberations formally reached an agreement to merge the United Naga Integration Council (UNIC) with the All India Congress Party.’

The signatories of this agreement were the then AICC secretary for Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram Sheelbhadra Yajee, E. Envey (vice president of UNIC), James L Kolakhe (general secretary of UNIC), Rishang Keishing, K. Huriang, Khasung Jajo (UINC), NL Thumsing (UNIC) and ex-MPCC president H Nilamani Singh.

On Wednesday, the MPP asked whether it was because of the present SPF govt’s ignorance about the agreement that it is maintaining a silence. The MPP also wondered whether the AICC and the Prime Minister are aware of the agreement.

The MPP then said that things as such agreement has been some of the factors for division among the people of the state. The MPP said this while citing recent comment of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh about the ‘˜Naga-Meitei divide’.

The MPP said it strives for the peaceful co-existence of all communities in the state but factors potential for trouble should be done away with.

*Newmai News Network

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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