Rajnath Singh criticises Congress for Manipur blockade

Union Home minister, Rajnath Singh on Sunday categorically stated that no force in the world can disintegrate Manipur's territory and clarified that "no word related to Manipur contained in the framework agreement signed between government of India and NSCN (I-M)". "I want to assure you that the BJP government will not do anything that inversely affects the territorial integrity of Manipur", he said.

Rajnath Singh also assured Manipur that the NDA government at the Centre will not harm Manipur's territorial integrity at any cost.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has claimed that most of the promises made by Congress party ahead of the previous State Assembly election in the year 2012 have been fulfilled.

"Recently Union minister Prakash Javedekar had said that if the chief minister resigns and President's Rule is imposed, the economic blockade will be lifted in two days".

United Naga council has clamped blockade on two highways since November 1 past year.

On whether BJP was trying to topple the Manipur government by poaching on Congress MLAs, Singh said, "They will not succeed".

The Centre wanted to create such a situation, he charged and added that, "If something goes wrong and if someone dies, they (Centre and BJP) will blame us and say that law and order has broken down in the state".

"I think there is a political conspiracy to divert the attention from the failures of the Congress government here".

"We have federal system where the Centre does not interfere in the state's sphere". Speaking to the media, Amsu secretary general Manjit Sarangthem said the home minister's assurance that the framework agreement had no mention of Manipur was unconvincing.

On account of people's faith in Congress party, there have been stable Congress Government in the State for the past 15 years. In any eventuality Manipur's territorial integrity will not be compromised.

  • Julie Sanders