Imphal, March 20: On Sunday BJP government held tripartite talks with United Naga Council UNC and Central government representatives and decided to lift the economic blockade from Sunday midnight. The four months economic blockade imposed by UNC came to an end and the discussion also assured to redress the grievances of the UNC.
Chief Minister Biren Singh said that "We have fulfilled the promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by convincing the UNC to lift the blockade. This is a good beginning of good governance.” Also, Governor Najma Heptulla said the first step of the newly formed government led by the BJP "will usher in an era of peace and prosperity" in the north-eastern state.
“The talks at Senapati were successful today. The Government has assured release of our president Gaidon Kamei and publicity secretary S Stephen and promised to drop all cases registered against them,” UNC general secretary Milan Shimrey said.
“Tripartite talks succeeded in addressing the issues and UNC has agreed to lift the economic blockade. The government of Manipur took note of the grievances of the UNC, including that of them not being consulted while creating the new districts. The UNC has to now frame what exactly their point of view is” said Satyendra Garg, joint secretary in the Home Ministry, who signed the tripartite agreement on behalf of Centre.
On Friday, the Government held its first Cabinet meeting and decided to take steps to lift the blockade and called the UNC for talks on Sunday afternoon. The blockade was imposed on November 1, causing widespread shortages in Manipur. After the announcement was made to create news seven districts people belonging to Naga council imposed the economic blockade on NH-2 and NH-37 which are the essential for serving commodities to state. Due to the imposition of the blockade, the normal life has affected.