Imphal, June 2:
Veteran Congress Leader and Former CM of Manipur Okram Ibobi today stated that the intervention by Union Home Minister Amit Shah is too late.
In a press conference held today at Congress Bhavan, Ibobi said that it takes only 2 hours in a charter flight to reach Imphal from New Delhi, but Amit Shah reaches the state after 26 days of violence. The violence may have been controlled if the central government had acted on time. Ibobi further said that if the present violence broke out in a larger state, then the central government would definitely intervene at the earliest.
During the press conference, MPCC President Keisham Meghachandra also said that the announcement made by the Union Home Minister in yesterday’s press conference is unpardonable as he visited the violence state after 26 days for the purpose of relief only, not to end the violence. The number of deaths in the present violence is highest on the day he reaches the state. Instead of controlling the firing on civilians by the Kuki militants, he announces the commencement of the combing operation in the valley area. Further, he states that Amit Shah never mentioned the issue of illegal immigrants, which is the root of this present violence.
If Amit Shah had intervened timely instead of campaigning in the Karnataka election, the present violence would not have escalated to this scale, he added.