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Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ and the Saga of Manipur Government’s Limited Permission

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ and the Saga of Manipur Government’s Limited Permission

The Congress’s plan to launch the ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ from Hatta Kangjeibung in the Imphal East district, traversing several states and concluding in Mumbai, Maharashtra, claiming that it is not so much of a political event has created a political controversy. Though the Congress claims that the yatra is not political, we all know that Congress is an electoral political party and it desires to built an impression in the national consciousness that the BJP’s government in Manipur has failed to provide justice to people of Manipur, more importantly it has failed to establish proper law and order. We all know that it aims to regain its foothold in the nation’s political life. While the electoral benefits for the Congress from this yatra remain debatable, the making of Rahul Gandhi as a street politician, reaching every corner of the country, could be reaffirmed.
The complexities that emerge in front of Manipur government when considering the potential political problems posed by both granting and denying permission could be: If permission is denied, it invites questions about the government’s ability to handle democratic expression and potentially suggests a lack of control over law and order. On the other hand, if permission is granted, it opens the door for Congress to criticize both the central and state governments over their handling of the ongoing crisis.
The decision to launch the yatra from Manipur is not just symbolic with the aim to shed light on the prolonged violence and injustices faced by the people of Manipur over nearly nine months but the Congress also seeks to build a national narrative that the BJP-led government in Manipur has failed to provide justice and establish proper law and order.
The limited permission can be seen as an attempt to mitigate the potential negative impression that the BJP government is unable to maintain control. The limited permission, while a strategic move, creates its own set of challenges. It may not dispel the government’s claims of returning peace and tranquility, potentially reinforcing the notion that the government only has limited control. The delicate balance lies in managing the political narrative without compromising security and overall governance.
For instance, the disappointment expressed by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Keisham Megachandra over the government’s denial of full permission for the yatra highlights the Congress tactical moves in creating a negative impression of the Manipur BJP Government. Congress leader Venugopal’s suggestion that the denial may be rooted in BJP’s fear adds another layer to the narrative. He points out that the government organizes programs and gatherings in Manipur, questioning the specific denial for this particular event. The implications are clear – a fear of the political consequences the yatra might bring. For them, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s refusal to grant permission for the venue underscores the political tension surrounding the yatra.
Looking ahead, the limited permission granted for the yatra raises broader questions about the upcoming Lok Sabha election campaigns. With high dignitaries scheduled to come and campaign, the situation becomes more complex if the violence continues. The political dangers of giving the impression that the government has only limited control could have far-reaching consequences for both the BJP-led government in Manipur and the broader political landscape.
In conclusion, the controversy surrounding the limited permission for Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ in Manipur reveals the intricate dynamics of democratic processes, security considerations, and political strategies. The unfolding events will continue to shape the narrative around governance, law and order, and democratic expression in the context of a complex political landscape.

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