Manipur Cong fears J&K-like fate for NE

Imphal: The Congress in Manipur claimed on Tuesday that people were apprehensive that the Centre might revoke special provisions granted to the North East and downgrade the states in the region to union territories, just as it did in Jammu and Kashmir.
Manipur Congress chief Gaikhangam, however, maintained that the creation of the Union Territory of Ladakh might have been a “necessity”.
“The decision taken against Jammu and Kashmir is unfortunate and questionable. It indicates that there is a possibility that northeastern states, including Manipur, might have to face a similar situation in the near future,” he told reporters here.
“One cannot rule out that Manipur, too, will be divided into two union territories based on its topography–hills and valley. People are apprehensive that the Centre might also revoke special provisions granted to northeast,” the former deputy chief minister stated. (PTI)

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