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
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.