Will Send Ibobi to Jail af­ter Mar 11, Says Javadekar

While BJP is ac­cus­ing CM of or­ches­trat­ing block­ade, Cong al­leges that the cen­tral govt favours Naga groups

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Rav­ish.Ti­wari @times­group.com

Im­phal: Ac­cus­ing the Congress gov­ern­ment in Ma­nipur of in­volved in deep-rooted cor­rup­tion, Union min­is­ter and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said if elected to power his party would send state chief min­is­ter Ibobi Singh to jail.

“Ibobi Singh has per­pe­trated crime against the peo­ple of Ma­nipur. He has kept Ma­nipur back­ward for the last 15 years. Only one thing has thrived un­der his regime: cor­rup­tion, cor­rup­tion, cor­rup­tion. We will end this cor­rup­tion,” he said. “Ibobi Singh will go to jail once BJP comes to power af­ter March 11.” Javadekar, the elec­tion in charge for the party in Ma­nipur, was ad­dress­ing a rally at the Wan­goi assem­bly seg­ment on Fri­day. Polling for the 60-mem­ber state assem­bly will be held on March 4 and March 8, and re­sults will be de­clared on March 11. While the eco­nomic block­ade by Naga groups in the hills have caused prob­lems in sup­ply of es­sen­tial items in the Ma­nipur val­ley, threat­en­ing BJP's elec­toral prospects in the state, the cen­tral min­is­ter charged the chief min­is­ter of or­ches­trat­ing the block­ade for his po­lit­i­cal mo­tives ahead of elec­tions. "We (the BJP gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre) have got diesel air­lifted into the val­ley. The Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment cares for Ma­nipur, but Ibobi Singh doesn't," he said. The eco­nomic block­ade that has been go­ing on for more than 100 days has be­come a ma­jor is­sue ahead of the polls. It has af­fected life in al­most 40 assem­bly seg­ments that fall in the Ma­nipur val­ley. While the BJP is charg­ing the chief min­is­ter of or­ches­trat­ing the block­ade, the Congress has sought to cor­ner the BJP, al­leg­ing that its cen­tral gov­ern­ment favoured Naga groups and was re­luc­tant to clear the block­ade on the na­tional high­way.

In fact, the Congress is said to have suc­ceeded in pro­ject­ing an im­pres­sion that BJP can't be trusted in Ma­nipur given the Modi gov­ern­ment's frame­work agree­ment with the Naga in­sur­gents in neigh­bour­ing Na­ga­land.

The BJP is bat­tling to counter this per­cep­tion in the val­ley.

The saf­fron party hopes Modi's elec­tion rally on Satur­day will help it not only to counter the Congress charges against it, but also to in­ten­sify the anti-in­cum­bency sen­ti­ments in the state to the ad­van­tage of the BJP. This po­lit­i­cal bat­tle line was drawn in the sec­ond half of last year when Ibobi Singh carved out new dis­tricts in the tribal-dom­i­nated hilly re­gions of the state. The Naga groups took the move as a threat to their in­flu­ence in the hills and re­sorted to block­ing the na­tional high­way that is the main sup­ply route of es­sen­tial items to the state.


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