PM Modi vows to end economic blockade in Manipur

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister addressing a rally in Imphal on February 25, 2017.

Prime Minister addressing a rally in Imphal on February 25, 2017.

With less than ten days to go for the Assembly polls in Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to end the crippling economic blockade in the state, if the BJP is voted to power.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to make available essential commodities. But the people here are not getting medicines and other commodities…There is a blockade on the national highways for so many months, but no action has been taken. Congress is hand-in-glove with those who have resorted to the blockade….BJP will form the next government in Manipur and no blockade will be allowed then. We will show how a government is run,” said the prime minister while speaking about indefinite blockade launched by United Naga Council (UNC) in November 2016.

PM Modi said this while addressing a rally in Imphal on Saturday morning. Manipur Assembly polls are scheduled to take place in two phases, on March 4 and March 8.

The Prime Minister also slammed the ruling Congress, which has in power for the past 15 years in the state.

“What the Congress government could not do in 15 years our (BJP) government will do it in 15 months…Manipur’s development was stalled under the Congress government, ” attacked the PM.

He also launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, accusing him of “running the most corrupt government” and “taking 10 per cent commission”.

He also lashed out at the Congress government for “failing” to provide jobs, infrastructure, and proper drinking water to the people.

File photo of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. (PTI)

File photo of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. (PTI)

While speaking on the Naga accord, PM Modi accused the CM of misleading people.

“Naga accord was done one-and-half years back. What were you doing ? Were you in a deep sleep? And all of a sudden you have woken up before elections. You are making false claims to mislead the people…I assure you that there is no single reference to ditching the Manipur people or its interests in the Naga Accord,” he explained.

“What kind of cheap politics is this where you make brothers fight against each other,” attacked the PM.

The prime minister then went on to say that the Centre had been sending lots of funds to Manipur but most of the money is siphoned off by leaders and ministers of the ruling party.

He also said the BJP would focus on unity of the people and development.

“The black money recovered will be used for development of the country and uplift of the poor. But when this decision of note ban was announced Congress had shouted the most,” he said while speaking about demonetisation.

(With inputs from PTI)