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Manipur Violence: Kuki’s party withdraws support from BJP-led government

Guwahati: In a major blow to the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led – Manipur Government, Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) – a minor ally has announced their withdrawal of support in a letter to the state’s Governor Anusuiya Uikey. The KPA has decided to withdraw its support to the incumbent government of Manipur, led by Chief […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Aug 6, 2023 21:00 IST
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Guwahati: In a major blow to the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led – Manipur Government, Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) – a minor ally has announced their withdrawal of support in a letter to the state’s Governor Anusuiya Uikey.

The KPA has decided to withdraw its support to the incumbent government of Manipur, led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

In a letter, the KPA chief, Tongmang Haokip, stated that the continued support to the Manipur government is no longer fruitful, and therefore, their support is hereby withdrawn and deemed null and void. The decision comes after careful consideration of the current conflagration in the region.

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Reason Behind Manipur Violence:

Violence in Manipur, which erupted on May 3, has resulted in at least 125 deaths and forced over 40,000 people to flee their homes. The clashes began when the Kuki tribal group clashed with the Meitei, the ethnic majority, over sharing economic benefits and quotas.

The Meitei sought special benefits, and tensions escalated after the Manipur High Court recommended considering their demands. The disparity in development and opportunities between the Meitei in the valley region and the Kukis and Nagas in the hills has been a longstanding point of contention.

Recent events, including the influx of Myanmar refugees and the state government’s drive to evict tribal communities from forests, exposed old faultlines and reignited violence. The presence of arms in both groups and the failure of peace talks with Myanmar leaders have hindered efforts to restore peace in the region.

(This is a developing story) 

First published on: Aug 06, 2023 08:41 PM IST

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