IMPHAL: Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has called upon the people to come forward and fight together if the recent peace agreement between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) group disturbed the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Demanding the details of the agreement reached on August 3, Gaikhangam who is also the president of Manipur Pradesh Congree Committee, told reporters here yesterday that the peace agreement was made without consulting the neigbouring states of Nagaland "which was very doubtful and also against Indian federalism".
The details of the peace accord, which has been claimed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as historic achievement of his NDA government, was not given to the public which, he said, had raised suspicion in the mind of the people.
Gaikhangam welcomed the peace accord which would bring about lasting peace in Nagaland, but said it should not disturb the interests of other states in the northeast.
If the accord was in the best interests of the people of the country, details should be declared publicly.
Stating that there were several accords in the country which were declared publicly, the Deputy Chief Minister asked why the Union government failed to announce this accord before the public?
He said Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh airdashed to New Delhi yesterday to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to collect a copy of the said peace accord as the Manipur government could not get details of the same despite submission of requests to the Centre.
He urged the Centre to provide a copy of the peace accord immediately to the Manipur government.