Imphal, July 2:
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has stated that the recent attempt by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for resignation from Chief Minister was a “drama”.
Talking to reporters at Congress Bhavan Vice President of MPCC Hareshwar Goswami said that the large number of people gathered in tight security zone was not driven out by the security forces.
“When large mobs gathered in a tight security zone, located between the Chief Minister Secretariat and Raj Bhawan, none of the security forces acted to disperse them,” Hareshwar said.
The security personnel’s inaction during the mob gathering indicates that the entire incident was staged.
The Congress party considered the public disclosure of the resignation letter as equivalent to the chief minister’s resignation as it has been made available in the public domain, he said, emphasising that it is unprecedented for a resignation letter to be read out.
Addressing AICC leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Manipur, Goswami alleged that the BJP had orchestrated various pre-planned agendas to portray Rahul as unwelcomed among the people of Manipur.
However, these attempts failed, and instead, the public showed support and warmly welcomed Rahul, he added.
He condemned the police action of stopping Rahul’s convoy at Bishnupur, though his approved by-road route to Churachandpur was previously authorised by the police.
Responding to the BJP’s concerns about the relevance of Rahul’s visit during the ongoing unrest, Goswami explained that political parties have important roles to play in Parliament when discussing issues related to separate administration.
He highlighted that the BJP holds 301 out of the total 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, while the NDA and its allied parties have 128 seats in the Rajya Sabha.
Therefore, it is crucial to brief leaders from all political parties on Manipur’s current situation to safeguard the integrity of the state in case the matter of separate administration is considered in Parliament, added Goswami.
“Why is the Union Home Minister unable to put an end to the Kuki militants’ horrifying acts of firing upon innocent Meitei villagers? What is the hidden agenda,” he questioned.