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130-Day Manipur Blockade Lifted After Government Meets Naga Leaders

NDTV logo NDTV 19-03-2017 NDTV News Desk

Imphal: An economic blockade in Manipur led by the United Naga Council which had crippled the state's transport for over 130 days will be lifted tonight. The decision was announced after Naga leaders met representatives of the new Manipur government today.

The blockade had started on November 1 last year after former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh carved out seven new districts in the state. The protesting Naga groups had cut off the two main highways depriving the state of essential commodities.

Multiple rounds of negotiations between the Congress government and the Naga leadership was inconclusive.

PM Modi had vowed to end the blockade if BJP was elected to power in the state which was ruled by the Congress for 15 years. The BJP had termed the blockade as the "handiwork of (former) Chief Minister Ibobi Singh"

In the recently concluded elections, the BJP delivered its best performance winning 21 seats in the 60-member assembly. It swiftly formed the government with the support of regional parties and picked N Biren Singh for the Chief Minister's post. The Congress, which had won 28 seats, lost power even after being the single largest party.

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