PM Narendra Modi was in Imphal for a political campaign in the run-up to the Manipur Assembly Election, which is scheduled on 4 and 5 March, 2017. He lambasted the incumbent Congress Government in a public rally in Langjing Achouba; and in a manner as if he was expecting the ‘allegations’, CM Okram Ibobi spoke to journalists at the Congress House in the evening. Considering this as the ultimate mudslinging game we are reproducing here two news reports—and for a contrast and a sense of balance—from the two Imphal-based English dailies, the Sangai Express and the Imphal Free Press.
Modi calls for ‘percentage’ free CM, Ministers;
‘Framework Agreement will not infringe upon Manipur’: PM Narendra Modi
The Sangai Express
Imphal, February 25 2017: After Union Home Minister Raj-nath , Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cate-gorically stated that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 will not infringe upon the integrity of Manipur and its territorial boundary. Addressing an election rally held at Langjing Achouba ground, Imphal West today under the aegis of BJP Manipur Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarified that the Framework Agreement does not contain a single word which would have any implications on the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Pointing out that it has been almost 18 months since the agreement was signed, the Prime Minister stated that he would like to ask the Chief Minister of Manipur if he wrote any letter of enquiry to the Central Government about the Framework Agreement during all these days.
‘I’m standing on the sacred soil of Manipur and I pledge that the Framework Agreement does not contain anything which may affect the integrity of Manipur and its territorial integrity’, Narendra Modi stated. He went on to claim that BJP would accomplish in 15 months what the Congress Government could not do in 15 years provided BJP is given the reign of power just for one term (five years).
For the past 15 years, the Congress party has been looting the people of Mani-pur through rampant corrup tion. On the other hand, BJP has been serving the people of the country sincerely for just around two years and a half but there is a gulf of difference. People of Mani-pur would see this differ- ence and make a sound judgement with regard to the ensuing State Assembly election, exuded the Prime Minister. Rampant corruption is the only noticeable ‘achie-vement’ of the Congress party during the past 15 years.
Forfeiture of the rights of peasants and workers, exploitation of women and children and failure to secure the future of youth are the hallmarks of the Congress Government. The Congress Government has been subjugating the entire population of Manipur, Modi slammed. It was during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Government that the Ministry of DoNER was esta- blished for the first time in the interest of the North Eastern region.
This was followed by 10 years of UPA rule which was led by Congress party. One shocking scene seen during those periods was the Prime Minister’s and the Union Ministers’ refusal to meet North East Chief Ministers who came to see them at Delhi. ‘As for me and the BJP, the door is always open to all North East Chief Ministers’, stated the Prime Minister. India cannot progress when the North East region is languishing in underdevelopment. It was with a vision to bring speedy development in the North East that the Ministry of DoNER was set up.
‘Since I assumed the post of Prime Minister, many Union Ministers have visited the North East region around 90 times’, Modi asserted.
Congress party’s reign of corruption will never be forgotten. All the public money they looted would be recuperated and the money would be used in funding welfare programmes for the poor and the underprivileged, the Prime Minister pledged.
Those people who got nervous and ran helter-skelter when the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were demonetised on November 8 last year were all Congress politicians. Rampant corruption committed by the Congress Government by launching massive recruitment drives just before the election notification was issued is known to everyone. Asking who is known as ‘10 per cent CM’, the Prime Minister asserted that Manipur needs 0 per cent Chief Minister and 0 per cent Ministers.
Talking about the economic blockade, the Prime Minister maintained that it is the duty of the State Government to ensure that people have access to all daily requirements. People have been suffering miserably because the Congress Govt has been perpetuating the economic blockade for too long. At the same time, the Congress Government has been immensely benefiting black marketers.
While maintaining a close nexus with blockade supporters, the Congress Government has been inciting people to raise an uproar against the blockade. The Prime Minister then assured that all possible assistance demanded by the State Government to get the blockade lifted would be provided. There would be neither bandh nor blockade in Manipur in case BJP comes to power in the State, Modi asserted.
Commenting on National Sports University (NSU), the Prime Minister stated that the Central Government, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of Manipuri players, decided to set up an NSU in Manipur and the necessary fund was sanctioned. But the project has been delayed on account of the misplaced policies of the corrupted Congress Government. Rather than ensuring regular power supply to the people, the Congress Government is bent on keeping the people in darkness.
Talking about new programmes and schemes, the Prime Minister announced that a policy of recruiting youth from the North East in Delhi Police has been taken up and efforts are on to develop the North East as an ‘organic’ region. He then appealed to the people of Manipur to vote for BJP for a peaceful, progressive and developed Manipur.
The election rally was also participated by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra, BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav, MLA Thongam Biswajit and BJP Manipur Pradesh president K Bhabananda.
CM Ibobi rubbishes allegations by PM Modi
Imphal Free Press
Imphal | Feb 25: The chief minister Okram Ibobi today evening rubbished the allegations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he has ‘failed to do his homework’ before the visit. The chief minister was addressing the media this evening at Congress Bhavan.
He said, Manipur having 24×7 power supply is taken as a role model during power reformation summit at Delhi. Even the state of Gujarat is not able to implement state model for power supply. Reacting to claims that BJP can end the economic blockade if voted to power in the state Ibobi said, it only shows that BJP is hand in glove with UNC/NSCN-IM.
Clarifying that no one in Congress has knowledge of the framework agreement he said, if the framework agreement does not contain anything controversial it should be made public. The 100 days development programme announced by PM Narendra Modi has failed to materialize in the state, he added. Flaunting the Congress government’s achievements he said, the state has been conferred with award three consecutive times for having the lowest infant mortality rate in India.
He further said that the frequent visits by union ministers are just for the benefit for state BJP. Union ministers are not just leaders of a particular political party but leaders of the entire nation, he added. Clarifying on the sport university issue, he said that construction of Sports University is the initiative of Central Government and the state was just facilitating the process. No one should play politics with sports and culture, the chief minister warned.
‘We will teach them a lesson in the upcoming election’, Ibobi said.