Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured the people of Manipur that there will be no economic blockade in the state if the BJP is voted to power. The indefinite economic blockade by United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1, 2016 in Manipur is against the state government’s decision for creation of seven new districts. It has severely hit supply of essential commodities including fuel.
Modi also accused the Congress government in Manipur of spreading false propaganda on the Naga accord and said there was nothing in it that was detrimental to the interests of the state.
“I assure you that there is no single reference of ditching Manipur people or their interests in the Naga Accord,” he said at an election meeting.
“The Naga Accord was signed one-and-half years ago. What were you doing? Were you in a deep sleep? All of a sudden you have woken up before elections. You are making false claims to mislead the people,” the prime minister said.
“Those who cannot ensure peace in the state have no right to govern Manipur,” the PM said attacking the Congress during an election rally in Imphal.
The prime minister railed against the Congress government for stalling the process of development in its 15-year rule. “Congress is in power in Manipur for 15 years, can you see any work done?,” the PM said. He went further and added that “what Congress did not do in 15 years, BJP will do in 15 months.”
PM Modi also accused the state government of indulging in corruption and compared its performance with other northeastern states that have NDA governments. “A small state like Sikkim is developing at a rapid pace but states where Congress is in power are not seeing any development,” he remarked.
The BJP is hoping to gain some ground in the state where it does not have any visible space with Congress being the biggest party followed by All India Trinamool Congress and Manipur State Congress Party. This year, Irom Sharmila, who is also known as ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ floated a new party after breaking her 16-year-long fast demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA.
Polling in Manipur will be held in two phases on March 4 and March 8 because of security reasons. The results will be declared on March 11 along with that of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa.