Manipur, still simmering in tension even after days of agitation against cancellation of selection tests to recruit constables, on Friday saw violent protests on the streets of Imphal. Five BJP members were injured in the agitation. Protesters kept the police and para-military forces on toes by attempting to storm the Assembly amidst the two day sitting of the monsoon session.
The police tried to contain the mob led mostly by BJP leaders and workers by firing tear gas canisters. Five women who got seriously injured were rushed to the hospital.
The agitation against the ‘irregular’ police appointments are seen to have some serious political implications before the Assembly election in 2017. The Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government finds itself in the backfoot after BJP supported the agitation and its leaders took to the streets.
K Bhabananda Singh, the President of state BJP told Firstpost, “The state government has given us no assurance that they will fulfill our demands. Hence, our agitations will continue.”
On the other hand the state government accused ‘some parties’ of politicising the issue.
N Biren,the spokesperson of Manipur Congress told Firstpost that the appointment of police constable is not an issue to be politicised.
The agitations sparked off soon after the Manipur government decided to start fresh recruitments in order to fill up the 2000 vacant posts of constables. A group of candidates who took similar tests held in the year 2013 demand that results of those tests be declared.
The 2013 process of appointment was cancelled after allegations of mark tampering. The government began the appointment process afresh on the grounds that the Chairman of the recruitment body had resigned. Very few of the candidates who took the 2013 tests were ready to buy this argument and they took to the streets.
The BJP, buoyant after the Assam state election results, soon joined the agitators taking the movement to a new height. In the agitation two of the BJP MLAs were arrested but released.
The Singh government has been facing tremendous protests on its perceived failure to protect the ethnic identity of the Meiteis by implementing inner line permit system. The ongoing protest is another eyesore for the ruling Congress Party before the assembly election to be held in 2017.
The state BJPs spokesperson N Mangi told IANS on Friday that democratic protests will continue on Monday amidst assembly session.
With inputs from IANS