By: Chand Wahenba
Imphal, Oct. 17: Manipur is a socially and politically conflict state. The big challenge of such conflict is due to the lack of social and economic empowerment in the land since many decades which is a root cause to many other conflicts.
The people of Manipur have been witnessing the unstable state governments in the past.People were happy after a stable SPF government led by Congress came into power since 2002 to 2012 than since 2012 till date rule by congress only but Chief Minister is only one – Okram Ibobi Singh, because atleast there is a stable government in the state.
However, people’s expectation from this incumbent congress government never fulfilled and this cause social chaos.
Numerous incidents social unrest occurred during this incumbent regime where people suffered a lot. Unprecedented incident occurred on two national highways, which is the life lines for Manipur with blockade and bandh for more than a month which never occurred in a democratic state.
Shutting down of educational institutes in months long which is very rare incident in a democratic country. Such horrible situation of state of affairs is created in Manipur under the present regime. Development are stagnant and law and order has collapsed there by peace was not maintained. Such hardship situation will never forget by concerns people.
People of Manipur no more desires to witness such worse situation in the days to come. However there are many dead-locks of social issues in state including sensitive AFSPA, ILP and other social and political sensitive issues never reaching a conclusion in time under the present congress regime.
This is due to the lack of competency of legislature of Congress, who are in power, and on the other hand lack of strong political wisdom even to resolve issues timely under the leadership of Chief Minister, OkramIbobi Singh.
This is clearly proved that few veteran congress leaders, who are credible and who have political sense to serve the people and state frustrated under the congress style of governance,they lost faith with their parent party and compelled to leave the Indian National Congress to continue their service for the people and state.
There are numbers of unprecedented acts of corruption, nepotism, favouritism and crimes committed under the present government. In short lack of transparency and accountability of the governance under Congress dispensation.
Manipur is one of the trade route for illegal drugs trafficking. And there were incidents for seizer of huge consignments of drugs in the state and involvement of congress leaders which is the present government. Now the Drugs abusing is one of the major challenge in society of Manipur.
Manipur civil society organizations and NGOs are strong voice against the drugs abuse and illegal drugs trafficking but state government has never done something remarkable to stop this. Notably, BJP state Unit Manipur has been stated laud for drugs free Manipur but people of the state are looking forward how far the BJP could do in this regard said a source.
Unfortunately, in every election money and muscle power played a vital role. Party which has a lot of money and is able to manage this culture always benefits in the election. Manipur politics has never reflected issue based politics till now.
Now the big question is a survey conducted by a media house- India Today- is favoring BJP on vote share of 40%, INC 37% and other 23% as of now but can be it practicable in final battlefield.
The report of axis opinion is reflection of mood of the people of Manipur. How far BJP can be converted into real vote said,it is a strong challengers BJP.
Whereas the congress party who has been ruling the state for one and half decade of years has undisputed leadership of Ibobi and 90% of the candidates of Congress has been finalized in their respective constituencies. Most of the existing MLAs of congress who have been elected twice, thrice,forth and even for the fifth time. Defeating them should not be taken as an easy task by BJP said the source.
BJP needs to set a suitable election or political strategy to deal with high handed congress in Manipur to win the electoral battle of Manipur 2017. A strong political leadership or face of BJP also need of the hour in Manipur.
The present government is facing hardship to submit pending Utilization certificate nearly more than Rs 5000 crores to different Ministries of the Central government for the last few years.If the BJP government at Centre crakes down a major corruption case against the incumbent state government of Manipur as a part of strategy of party,there will be a strong message to the people of Manipur and BJP will be swing.
A big blow will be given to the ruling party in the state and it will create a complete new political atmosphere in the state of Manipur, which will favour to BJP.
“Can BJP able to translate into reality on the axis opinion poll of Manipur election 2017;
By: Chand Wahenba