Manipur Election 2017: Ibobi ridicules Modi, says state has achieved much during Congress rule

Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for claiming to change Manipur in 15 months stating how the 100-days development programme of the Modi government failed to materialise in the state. Ibobi was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony of INC candidate K Meghachandra in Wangkhem Assembly constituency.

During his Imphal rally on Saturday, Modi had said that if elected to power, the BJP would do within 15 months what the Indian National Congress government failed to do in its 15 years tenure.

Narendra Modi and Ibobi Singh

Narendra Modi and Ibobi Singh

The Manipur chief minister also rubbished the allegations levelled against Congress by Modi during his Imphal rally. Flaunting the Congress government’s achievements he said, "Manipur has witnessed some remarkable development during Congress rule in terms of the health sector, road connectivity and power. The state has been conferred with award three consecutive times for having the lowest infant mortality rate in India. Manipur's 24x7 power supply is taken as a role model during power reformation summit at Delhi. Even the state of Gujarat is not able to implement state model for power supply," he added.

Reacting to Modi's claims that the BJP can end the economic blockade if voted to power in the state, Ibobi said that the BJP is hand in glove with United Naga Council (UNC) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) in the economic blockade, which has been causing a scarcity of essential items including food and fuel supply in the state.

Ibobi also criticised the BJP for maintaining secrecy with respect to the framework agreement signed between the NDA govt and the Naga group NSCN-IM. "If the framework agreement does not contain anything controversial it should be made public. Why are the people of Manipur kept in dark about the contents of the framework agreement?" Ibobi said.

Ibobi, who has been elected as the MLA twice from Thoubal since 2007, also criticised the Union ministers who have visited the state, alleging that their visits were only to benefit the BJP's state unit. "Union ministers are not just leaders of a particular political party but leaders of the entire nation," he added.

Clarifying on the planned Sports university issue, Ibobi said that construction of the university is the initiative of Central Government and the state was just facilitating the process. "No one should play politics with sports and culture," the chief minister warned.

"People who are well aware of the false propaganda of the BJP, will teach them a lesson in the upcoming election," Singh said. He also claimed that the BJP will not win two digits in the election.

Singh also called all the corruption charges levelled against him as "wild" allegation. "I am ready to go to prison if I am proved guilty. It's a wild allegation of the BJP without proper evidence to gain their political mileage," he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam also warned people to be cautious of political parties who stomp the territorial integrity of the state in the race to win the upcoming election.

"The 11th Manipur Assembly election is a very important one. So, the people need to come together in order to elect the right leaders. If a political party pretending to stand for the state comes to power, then surely all will be lost. The Congress party does not differentiate between the people of the hills and the valley. The party does not differentiate along religion. History is proof that the Congress party stands for the welfare of the people," he added.

Manipur goes to polls on 4 and 8 March in two phases. The results will be declared on 11 March.

Updated Date: Mar 01, 2017 22:01 PM

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