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Finally Amit Shah came to Imphal, but for election campaign

Promises solution satisfactory to both Kuki and Meitei

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Finally Amit Shah came to Imphal, but for election campaign

The anticipation surrounding Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur, orchestrated by the BJP, underscores the political fervor gripping the region ahead of the upcoming elections. Shah’s delayed appearance, despite his previous promise, raises questions about the timing of his visit, strategically timed just before the election season. As part of his larger campaign tour across the northeast, Shah’s arrival in Manipur signals the BJP’s concerted effort to secure support and sway voters in their favor.
Amit Shah’s promises which are outlined in the BJP’s manifesto in his campaign speech further emphasizes the party’s commitment to addressing key developmental challenges in Manipur under the leadership of PM Modi. The focus on improved connectivity, reduction of violence, and the transformation of the region into a tourism hub reflects the party’s vision for the holistic development of Manipur and the northeast region as a whole.
In his campaign speech, Shah didn’t shy away from taking digs at the opposition, particularly the Congress party, targeting issues such as AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and allegations of fake encounters. Moreover, he attributed historical clashes between different ethnic groups, like the Meitei-Pangal, Naga-Kuki, and Kuki-Zomi conflicts of the 1990s, to Congress policies, framing the narrative to portray the BJP as a better alternative. In this manner, he aims to deflect the blame that it is in BJP’s tenure the tragedy in Manipur has transpired by saying that more sufferings have taken place during Congress’ rule.
Addressing the ongoing conflict in Manipur, Shah expressed confidence in Prime Minister Modi’s ability to bring peace to the region. He hinted at a resolution through dialogue between the communities involved, with a caveat that Manipur’s territorial integrity would be preserved. However, Shah’s remarks lacked specificity, leaving room for skepticism regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed solutions.
Interestingly, Shah’s rhetoric seems to echo sentiments previously expressed by the Congress party, particularly regarding the need for reconciliation and a political-administrative settlement acceptable to all communities in Manipur. This parallel in messaging raises questions about the substantive differences between the BJP and Congress approaches to addressing Manipur’s complex issues.
Amidst the political discourse, it’s crucial to recognize the role of grassroots movements and protests in securing rights and driving political change in Manipur. The sentiment expressed by many civil and political groups in Manipur that political achievements are the result of the people’s struggles, rather than the benevolence of politicians, reflects a broader disillusionment with the political establishment.
In essence, Shah’s visit and campaign rhetoric highlights the high stakes of the upcoming elections in Manipur. While his promises of peace and reconciliation may resonate with some voters, there remains a need for concrete actions and policies that address the root causes of Manipur’s conflicts and grievances. Ultimately, it’s the people of Manipur who hold the power to demand accountability from their elected representatives and drive meaningful change in their communities.

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