Kiren Rijiju on blockade: Okram Ibobi govt cannot escape responsibility

Rijiju accused the Congress-led state government of politicising the issue ahead of the state polls due in February. He said the Centre will ensure that the blockade is lifted soon.

Written by Esha Roy | Imphal | Published:December 24, 2016 4:45 am
Manipur, Kiren Rijiju, Manipur crisis, Manipur-Nagaland blockade, Manipur economic blockade, India news, Indian Express Rijiju accused the Congress-led state government of politicising the issue ahead of the state polls due in February. He said the Centre will ensure that the blockade is lifted soon. (Source: File/PTI)

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju rushed to Manipur on Friday to deal with the situation in the aftermath of the over 50-day economic blockade in the state. His visit followed the state government’s accusation that the Centre was dragging its feet on resolving the impasse with the United Naga Council (UNC) that has led to the situation.

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Rijiju accused the Congress-led state government of politicising the issue ahead of the state polls due in February. He said the Centre will ensure that the blockade is lifted soon.

“From today, the state government can’t escape from its responsibility. Nobody will be allowed to add to the sufferings of the people. The central government too is not shying away from its responsibility,” he said.

Rijiju accused the state government of mishandling the situation. “In a letter that Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to the CM of Manipur yesterday, he very clearly said that the state has not been able to contain the situation.’’

Rijiju cited India’s federal system while responding to CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s accusation of inaction. “For the past 52 days, the Government of India has been monitoring the situation in Manipur,’’ he said. “…India has a federal structure and that the law and order subject is under the purview of the state entirely. We have a democratically elected government in Manipur, which completely holds within its power to resolve the crisis…’’

Rijiju said the Centre was there for the state if it needs assistance. “There is not one instance where a state has asked us for assistance and it has not been provided.’’ He insisted that he had not come here with any political agenda. “I have only rushed here to ensure that the blockade is lifted immediately and the situation is remedied,’’ he said. “Whatever the political differences are, the people of the state must not suffer.’’

Rijiju said the state has requested for more forces. “We will be sending seven companies of paramilitary forces as soon as possible.’’ He said Manipur has adequate forces to control the crisis. “There are 184 companies already here which carry out border patrolling as well as look after internal security. If the state wants them to intervene, it needs to direct these forces.’’

He promised action if there were violations of the ceasefire with insurgent group NSCN-IM.

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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Dec 24, 2016 at 4:59 am
    Centre has to provide a fool proof security for the transporters in these two national highway where NSCN (IM) has been taking a huge extortion demand against trucks and commercial vehicles of Manipur with impunity. In order to destroy the evidence of extortion, they have issued a coupon in the name of Karvi or any transport ociation with amount showing a mere Rs 100/- that means Rs 10000/- for every vehicle as good tax. Such toll tax centre are manned Non-Naga to check whether tax are given or not. Tax are collected at Guwahati, Khatkhati, Imphal through their agents like Nepali, Bihari and Bengali. Please crack down these well established extortion racket to restore rule of law.
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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Dec 24, 2016 at 4:47 am
    The electoral prospect of BJP has been lost due to the Centre messing up with the NSCN (IM) and UNC political agenda of breaking up Manipur. O Ibobi Singh has done a right strategy for the better future with a strong political will which centre doesn't have. Though O Ibobi Singh is the most corrupt Chief Minister in India, he has the capacity to resolve a very vex issue with a strong political will. Now, O Ibobi Singh throw ball to Centre either to side with NSCN (IM)/UNC or in the larger interest of Manipur in the nick of election time.
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    vish
    Dec 24, 2016 at 1:47 am
    This is what Congress has been doing all along,where is Rahul why he does not speak on incompetent CM and violence by his people .They always neglected the state and allowed conversion of people on religious lines and now they have become anti nationals and criminals .Congress has ruled this state since Independence and still can't bring peace ?
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