Amit Shah kicks off BJP’s poll campaign in Manipur

The Okram Ibobi Singh government has failed to submit utilisation certificates for schemes worth over Rs 5,000 crore.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:September 15, 2016 1:54 am
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The BJP Wednesday formally launched its campaign for the 2017 Assembly elections in Manipur, with the party’s national president Amit Shah asking the people of the state to oust the Congress and elect a BJP government.

“The people of Manipur have had enough of Congress rule. The Okram Ibobi Singh government has failed to submit utilisation certificates for schemes worth over Rs 5,000 crore. Development has come to a grinding halt. It is time the people of Manipur take a decision, as the people of Assam did four months ago,” said Shah at a party rally in Imphal. He also took a dig at the Congress government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, for “failing to provide jobs to the educated youth of the state”.

Shah tweets Onam wishes

A day after his social media posts on Vamana Jayanti kicked up a storm in Kerala, BJP chief Amit Shah Wednesday greeted the people of Kerala on the occasion of Onam. Shah tweeted: “Greetings to Malayali friends on Onam.”

His Tuesday tweets had led to many, including Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, accusing him of insulting Malayalis by twisting the myth of Onam, which celebrated the annual return of a popular demon king, who was sent to the netherworld by Vamana. Incidentally, just days earlier, Kesari, the RSS Malayalam mouthpiece, had published an article with the same narrative.