It is that time of the year again and thousands of students are appearing for their Class XII board exams. Whether the students are appearing for the exam conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Examination, Manipur or the one conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, should make no difference, for ultimately all the universities place equal footage on all the recognised boards/councils. The same thing goes for those appearing for the different entrance tests to professional courses.
This is an opportunity which the BJP should not lose. Go all out and capitalise on it. The Sangai Express has already underlined the positives of taking the NPF on board the Government and here is the opportunity to see how to take all communities along with the idea of the Government of Manipur.
Tough for some men to be out of the news and ex-Chief Minister O Ibobi will certainly come under this category. And not surprising, for remember it is not for nothing why a political figure can remain as the Chief Minister of a State for 15 long years.
Something, somewhere is terribly wrong and this commentary may be taken as an open letter or an appeal to the Union Health Ministry, the State Government and the doctors of RIMS.
The truth may lie somewhere in between. It was not so long back, to be more precise before Manipur went to polls to elect the 11th Assembly, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took pains to assure the people of Manipur that the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India does not contain anything that can harm the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Governor Najma Heptulla needs a round of applause. If not for anything else, the Governor needs to be acknowledged for making it a point to state that the newly installed BJP led coalition Government is committed to making Manipur a bandh and blockade free State.
The BJP led coalition Government has passed the floor test, as expected. So after Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP gets another North East State under its belt and this is in line with the agenda spelt out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
Finally the United Naga Council (UNC) has lifted the 139 days old economic blockade. This is a welcome development and in as much as credit may be given to the BJP led coalition Government and the UNC for coming to a meeting point, it cannot be helped but ask what are the meeting points that have been reached that enabled the UNC to lift the economic blockade ?
The longest ever economic blockade has been lifted. The BJP may have missed the 48 hours of Government formation promise set earlier before the Assembly election to get the blockade lifted but it has been lifted and this is a fresh development.
As expected and predicted in this column, it is a hung House, with the BJP managing to clobber up the needed support of other political parties to form the Government.
D day is here (March 11). Even before the readers read the 11th March, 2017 edition of The Sangai Express with their morning cuppa, all decks would have been cleared to count the votes cast on March 4 and March 8 as well as in the repolls conducted across many polling stations.
Now that the two phased election is over, many ‘experts’ have started emerging at all the leiraks and leikais of the localities all over the place, each working out which party or which candidate will win. Tough to say what methodology the ‘experts’ employ to reach their decision, but it is nonetheless interesting to see them holding fort, arguing and counter arguing to get their points across and such rounds of discussion have the potential to impact on the minds of the listeners.
In the din of the Assembly election, today silence hangs over the ongoing economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council since midnight of October 31 last year. This is in stark contrast to the days ahead of the election when the BJP and the Congress went hammer and tongs against each other over the blockade, with none seriously trying to resolve it.