Imphal, Jan 21:
In a scathing critique, Sujata Thokchom, the Convenor of Imagi Meira, vehemently criticized the BJP-led Government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh, asserting that the 60 lawmakers have failed to adopt a clear stance and bring an end to the escalating death toll and violence gripping Manipur for over eight months.
Expressing frustration with the government’s inability to provide a concrete explanation even as Manipur grapples with violence for nine months, Sujata highlighted the skepticism expressed by the Keirao Assembly Constituency MLA, who has openly advised against trusting the government. During a press conference held at Manipur Press Club in Babupara, she underscored the stark reality that it is the civilians who bear the brunt of the violence, emphasizing the urgent need for lawmakers to address the pressing issues plaguing the state.
Addressing recent developments, Sujata Thokchom expressed the revelation regarding reports of lawmakers contemplating resignation, suggesting that if any such decision is made, it should be done discreetly. She urged against the repetition of dramatic resignations, emphasizing the need for a smoother transition, given the availability of capable individuals for the Chief Minister’s position.
Continuing her critique, Thokchom pointed out the government’s apparent ineffectiveness in dealing with 10 Kuki MLAs who have been absent and inactive as representatives. She highlighted their influence, noting that these MLAs have gone to the extent of issuing a joint letter opposing the deployment of state forces in Moreh. Thokchom lamented the government’s perceived incapacity to take decisive action against these absentee lawmakers, underscoring the urgency of addressing governance issues in the state.
In a poignant inquiry, Sujata pressed further, demanding clarity: “How many lives does the Government deem expendable? Provide us with a number, a quantification of the lives they are willing to sacrifice. The youth succumbing to daily violence are the very future of Manipur, harboring the potential to become doctors, engineers, or educators. Enlighten us with the figure, and we, as mothers, are prepared to bear that sacrifice instead of witnessing the continuous loss of our promising youth.”