The indefinite hunger strike staged by the Voice of the People Party (VPP) chief and Nongkrem MLA Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit entered a second day today.
Basaiawmoit said that the situation could have been avoided had the state government listened to the call of the VPP to discuss the roster system and job reservation policy issue in the Assembly.
He blamed the government for failing to take the matter seriously and call a special session to discuss the matter.
“This matter is now on the street,” he stated.
Terming the government as confused, he recalled, “It was the Chief Minister who said that if you’re not happy with the decision of the government on the roster, you can go to the judiciary.”
He said that it was the CM who also said that the government will not discuss the issue but then called for an all-party meeting on it.
“It was also the CM who said that once the roster is ready, we will go ahead with the appointment with the recruitment process and now the government has put this on hold. So who is more confusing?” he asked.
On the other regional parties’ manifesto promises on the reservation policy, Basaiawmoit criticised them, saying, “This is the reason we used to say that they are not the parties to stand for the people. To them it is just to win elections, to fight elections and after election all the issues are closed and they will not even discuss anything. This is not new before the people of the state.”
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