Manipur Congress: return of normalcy remains a far cry

Imphal, May 23:  Alleging that no effort is seen to restore normalcy by the BJP government in Manipur, the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Tuesday questioned if there is any hidden agenda behind it.

Addressing the media at Congress Bhavan in Imphal today, MPCC senior spokesperson Hareshwor Goshwami said that even 20 days since the violence erupted in the state, the BJP government, both at the Centre and in the state did nothing to restore normalcy in the state.

Chief minister N Biren Singh had admitted security lapses and intelligence failure. However, nothing to restore peace and normalcy in the state is in sight till today, the Congress leader said.

“The BJP governments at the Centre as well as in the state remained like silent spectators. It has compelled us to think if there is a hidden agenda,” he said.

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Even though no major untoward incidents are reported during the curfew relaxation hours, the situation is yet to be returned to normalcy, the Congress leader also said.

Fear psychosis still prevails among the people even as the Centre deployed a huge number of security forces. Returning to normalcy remains as a far cry, he also said.

He further alleged that despite the deployment of a huge number of security forces, they are yet to dominate the sensitive areas in both the hills and the valley, particularly the periphery.

There is still apprehension of what would happen in the next moment in the minds of the people of all sections of the society, he also said.

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The way the BJP government is dealing with the situation, it appears to have a plot to divert the issue of ST status demand by the Meiteis by creating another issue, the Congress leader also said.

Also speaking on the occasion, MPCC working president Kh Devbabarta criticized the government for delay in the disbursement of compensations to the victims of the violence while drawing the attention of the authorities to speed up the process to disburse the same at the earliest.

The state government had already announced ex-gratia and compensations to be paid to the victims of the violence. However, the same is yet to be translated into action, he said.

The Central government usually released funds meant for the payment of the ex-gratia and compensation for the victims when such crises happened in other states of the country.

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However, in the case of Manipur, it was not done till date, he lamented.

He also criticized the state government while alleging that they did nothing to compensate and rehabilitate those victims whose belongings including their houses were reduced to ashes in the violence.

Except for providing some relief materials, nothing was seen taken up for their future, the Congress leader also said.

He claimed that over 39,500 displaced people are staying in the relief camps opened at different places across the state.


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