Indefinite economic blockade of Manipur to be lifted from midnight today

The blockade has cut Manipur off completely. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Manipur, India Mar 19, 2017, 12.57 PM (IST)

The newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government announced that the indefinite economic blockade of two national highways in India's north-eastern state Manipur will be lifted from midnight today.

The lifting of the blockade was resolved after tripartite talks between the central and state governments, and the United Naga Council in Manipur, ANI reported.


The central government had repeatedly urged the former Congress government in the state to end the blockade, holding (former) chief minister Ibobi Singh responsible for the crisis.

The BJP had promised to make Manipur a "bandh-mukt" (blockade-free) state if elected to power. 

The United Naga Council put up the blockade on November 1 after the Manipur government announced the formation of seven new districts, taking the total number of districts in the state to 16.

The Nagas alleged two of the new districts -- Kangpokpi and Jiribam -- will snatch their ancestral lands away from them. 

The over 130-day blockade had cut Manipur off completely since most supplies enter the state through the national highways

Biren Singh will take a trust vote tomorrow to prove his trust vote in the 60-member Assembly.

(WION with inputs from agencies)