In protest against the burning of some copies of the “Poknapham”, a Manipuri language newspaper, by BJP youth activists, the Manipuri dailies kept their editorial pages blank on Monday.
The local newspaper on Saturday edition carried a satire column in which an aspersion on the BJP was casted over the question of territorial integrity in the light of the imminent implementation of the framework agreement that was signed between the Centre and the armed Naga group, the NSCN-IM on August 3.
Miffed over the satirical write-up, some Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists burned copies of the newspaper in the party office.
The President of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai said, “There is a system in Manipur over such issues.
The aggrieved party should hold talks with the publisher and editor of a particular publication to thrash out the differences.
The party could go to a law court if its grievances are not settled. The burning of the newspaper copies is unacceptable”. P. Labango Mangang, editor of ‘Kangla Pao’, told IANS that as a mark of protest all editors were requested not to publish editorials on Monday.
There is no statement from the BJYM as yet over the incident of burning of the newspaper copies.