Imphal, Jan 12:
As the Congress Party diligently prepares for the forthcoming Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, a chorus of discontent resonates from the 10 Opposition Parties in Manipur, aimed squarely at the Manipur Government. The crux of their dissatisfaction revolves around the purported delays orchestrated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government led by CM N Biren Singh in granting permission for the event, coupled with the imposition of restrictions on the number of participants allowed at the proposed venue in Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal.
In the forefront of this opposition coalition is Kshetrimayum Santa, the esteemed convener of the 10 opposition parties. Santa has vehemently criticized the government’s perceived tardiness in authorizing the use of Hapta Kangjeibung as the event venue. He asserts that the alleged delay has not only hindered the logistical aspects of the event but has also infringed upon the democratic right to assemble and express dissent.
Adding gravity to his critique, Santa highlighted the prevailing atmosphere of violence that has cast a somber shadow over Manipur. The region, he contends, is grappling with unrest, leaving its citizens in a state of perpetual uncertainty about their day-to-day lives. The disruption caused by this turmoil has generated palpable anxiety and has underscored the urgent need for a collective effort to restore stability and normalcy. In a fervent appeal to the people of Manipur, Santa called upon their support for the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.
Adding to the growing chorus of discontent, Nimaichand Luwang, the spokesperson of JDU (Janata Dal United), has castigated the Manipur state government for its perceived failures, pointing to a recent incident in Bishnupur District as emblematic of the overarching turmoil. Luwang condemned an incident in which three Meiteis were tragically killed by suspected Kuki militants, attributing the escalation of unrest in Manipur directly to the state government’s inadequacies.
Expressing skepticism towards the government’s assurances, Luwang remarked, “The government claimed that normalcy is returning, but it is only in their words. The Kumbi incident is an example of the current unrest, among many other incidents.” In his assessment, the government’s proclamations stand in stark contrast to the ground realities, and he categorically labeled the administration as a failure.
Moreover, Luwang underscored the significance of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, emphasizing that the event is poised to attract widespread attention from both national and international media. He anticipates that media coverage will not only spotlight Rahul Gandhi’s initiative but also shed light on the pervasive unrest that has gripped Manipur for over eight months. This exposure, he believes, will serve as a critical platform to communicate the pressing issues facing the region to a global audience.
Expressing concern over the Manipur Government’s response to the impending peace rally, Luwang condemned any attempts to disrupt the event, deeming such actions as highly condemnable and unfortunate. He stressed that the march led by Rahul Gandhi is not merely a political gesture but a crucial avenue to bring attention to the living conditions in Manipur, providing an opportunity to find sustainable solutions to quell the flames of unrest that have engulfed the state.