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Finally, PM breaks silence on Manipur  

Modi says that the central and the state governments are establishing interactions with all stakeholders to restore peace…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday affirmed that the central government is making efforts to normalise the situation in the north-eastern state of Manipur, which has been witnessing ethnic violence since last year.

The Prime Minister was replying to the debate on ‘Motion of Thanks’ on the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.

“The government is continuously making efforts to normalise the situation in Manipur. More than 11,000 FIRs have been registered and over 500 people arrested. Incidents of violence are continuously reducing in Manipur”, Modi said.

He further said that the central and the state governments are establishing interactions with all stakeholders to restore peace.

“Today, schools, colleges, offices and other institutions are open in the state. The Central and the State govt are talking to all stakeholders to restore peace”, he said.

Giving a strong response to the opposition on the Manipur issue, Modi further attacked the Congress party stating that it had imposed President’s rule in Manipur 10 times.

“The Union Home Minister stayed there for many weeks…Central govt is extending all cooperation to Manipur to tackle the ongoing flood situation in the state. Today, two teams of NDRF have reached Manipur. I warn those who are trying to add the fuel to fire will be rejected by Manipur…Congress had imposed President’s rule in Manipur 10 times…” he said.

He further called on the opposition leaders to cooperate with the government to restore peace in the state.

“Leaving behind politics, we should cooperate to restore peace in Manipur”, he said.

Notably, Modi clashed with Congress over Manipur issues in Parliament, sparking disruptions and accusations amid heated debates on regional unrest.

The northeastern state has been witnessing ethnic violence since May 3 last year following clashes during a rally organised by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) to protest against the demand for the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category.

Earlier in June, Union Home Minister Amit Shah did a holistic review of the security situation in Manipur in a high-level meeting here in the national capital and directed to ensure that “no further incident of violence takes place” in the northeastern state.

In the one-hour-long meeting at his North Block office, the Home Minister stressed upon strategic deployment of the central forces to restore peace and tranquillity in Manipur.

Cong slams Modi

Meanwhile, Jairam Ramesh, MP and Congress general secretary, on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Manipur made in Rajya Sabha and said that the north-eastern state has been burning and the PM has still not visited the state and the not met CM, the state leaders.

Ramesh spoke on the Manipur issue and said, “Whatever our non-biological PM has said in the Rajya Sabha regarding Manipur, is completely contrary to reality. Since May 3, 2023, Manipur has been burning, and there is tension between different communities. There has been violence. Hundreds have been killed, and thousands have been displaced.”

He added further, “And when the Supreme Court says that constitutional machinery has finished, the PM is silent. Till date, the PM has not gone to Manipur. Before today, he didn’t say a word regarding Manipur and today too, he was forced to say. It’s been 16 months but the PM hasn’t visited Manipur, he hasn’t met Manipur’s CM, he hasn’t talked to Manipur’s political parties and the leaders… What is this hypocrisy?”

Further coming down heavily on PM, Ramesh said that the Prime Minister said only two to three words regarding Manipur and the words he spoke were completely contrary to the reality. “The people of Manipur are asking why the PM is not coming,” he added.

“He keeps on visiting so many countries. He has declared himself ‘Vishwaguru’ but he does not go to Manipur. During the election campaign, he went to Tripura, Assam. Manipur is between them and he could have gone for some time but he didn’t go,” he asserted.

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday after the House adopted the motion of thanks on the President’s address.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address and said the next five years will be devoted to ensure saturation of basic facilities and for the fight against poverty.

He said the country will emerge victorious against poverty in the next five years.

Modi said when India will be the third largest economy in the world, its impact will be felt on every sphere of life.

Opposition MPs staged walkout during PM Modi’s reply. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed his disappointment and disapproval over the move of opposition MPs.

Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Tuesday after PM Modi’s reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address. The Parliament session saw new members taking oath in the two Houses. This was the first session of Parliament after the results of Lok Sabha polls last month.

The Lok Sabha session started on June 24 while the Rajya Sabha session began on June 27. (ANI)

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