Manipur Election 2017: No significant development during 15 years of Congress rule, says Prakash Javadekar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday clarified about the framework agreement and assured that the Naga peace dialogue would never infringe upon the territorial integrity of Manipur.

Amukhomba Ngangbam February 27, 2017 09:17:42 IST
Manipur Election 2017: No significant development during 15 years of Congress rule, says Prakash Javadekar

Imphal: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is camping in Imphal to canvass support for BJP nominees in the Manipur Polls, alleged that Congress government has failed to bring any significant development during its 15 years regime in Manipur.

Addressing the media at the BJP Manipur Pradesh office at Nityaipat Chuthek on Sunday, Javadekar alleged that the incumbent Congress government in its 15 years tenure, has failed to provide safe drinking water to the people living in rural and urban areas, prompting the general public to spend Rs 2,000 per month to purchase water. It is unfortunate that the people in the heart of the city cannot be provided drinking water 70 years after India attained independence.

Manipur Election 2017 No significant development during 15 years of Congress rule says Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Image courtesy Amukhomba Ngangbam

Blaming the Congress government for failing to utilise the infrastructure constructed with a huge amount of money, Javadekar asked as to why the Inter-State Bus Terminus at Chingmeirong was lying unused for two years and the big building was converted into a monument. He also alleged that the 25 semi low floor buses provided under JNRUM are lying unused at the MSRTC at Moirangkhom as the government had no knowledge how to use them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday clarified about the framework agreement and assured that the Naga peace dialogue would never infringe upon the territorial integrity of Manipur. However, the prime minister said that Ibobi is politicising the issue to mislead the people so as to gain political mileage in the ensuing election. Manipur government has “no answer to the charges" levelled against it by Modi, he said.

Alleging that the Manipur government has “deliberately” failed to lift the three-month long economic blockade along the lifeline of the state imposed by United Naga Council (UNC), the Union minister reminded the people that law and order was the “responsibility” of the state. India being a federal structure the centre cannot interfere with the state's law and order situation unless the state govt asked about it, he asserted.

Reiterating the Modi’s statement that “if BJP comes to power” it will end the blockade, Javadekar said, even though the Centre has provided enough strength of security forces to neutralise the economic blockade imposed by the UNC from 1 November last year, the state government has not taken any adequate steps, he claimed.

There was strict instruction from the high court that the state government should bear the responsibility of clearing the economic blockade, yet the Ibobi-led government has failed to respond to the instructions. Ibobi has kept the security forces personals inside the barracks, he said.

“Economic blockade continues and the suffering of the public continues because the chief minister has failed to act in time. The people continue to suffer because of his inaction,” said Javadekar. The Chief Minister should be held responsible for all the sufferings which each and every individual of Manipur is going through. He has failed the state and the people of Manipur, said Javadekar.

Claiming that the prime minister’s election rally in Manipur on Saturday was a “grand success”, the Union minister said BJP will “win 40 seats in the upcoming Manipur elections.”

Meanwhile, referring to Saturday’s reported clashes between BJP and Congress supporters at Sugnu in Thoubal district, he said “after the prime minister’s successful rally, the Congress is “desperate and hence indulged in attacking BJP workers.” “A complaint has been registered with the Election Commission and the national party has requested for violence-free and fair elections,” Javadekarsaid. The two-phase state Assembly elections are scheduled on 4 and 8 March.

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