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21 MPs from 16 parties; INDIA coalition visits violence-hit Manipur

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A multi-party delegation of the INDIA coalition will visit Manipur on Saturday to assess the ground situation in the northeastern state where ethnic violence began on May 3.

The delegation of 21 members of Parliament from 16 parties would visit relief camps to assess the situation. The delegation will also meet Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey on Sunday morning.

The 21-member Opposition delegation, from both Houses, includes Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh and Phulo Devi Netam of the Congress; Rajiv Ranjan Lalan Singh of the JDU; Sushmita Dev from Trinamool Congress; Kanimozhi from DMK; Sandosh Kumar of the CPI; AA Rahim from CPI(M), Manoj Kumar Jha of RJD; Javed Ali Khan of SP; Mahua Maji of JMM; PP Mohammed Faizal of NCP; Aneel Prasad Hegde of JDU, ET Mohammed Basheer of IUML; NK Premachandran of RSP; Sushil Gupta of AAP; Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena (UBT); D Ravikumar of VCK; Thiru Thol Thirumavalavan also of VCK; and Jayant Singh of the RLD.

“Don’t do politics on this issue…Till now, the PM has not even tried to visit Manipur. Was the government sleeping like Kumbhkaran till now? Today, after a jolt from the Opposition the Centre has woken up,” said Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

“Our main intention is fact-finding”, IUML MP ET Muhammed Basheer said. “We are getting terrible news such as harassment, naked-parading. So we will have a discussion with concerned officials also, we will visit affected areas and meet the victims. We want to console them and spread a message of harmony. We will have further discussions with the concerned stakeholders. We will come back and raise the issue with all the experience we gather from there,” he said.

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