Bombs, grenades recovered a day before Modi's election rally in Manipur

The recoveries come even as an apex body of six rebel groups in Manipur has given a call for a "complete shutdown" in the state on Saturday to protest Modi's visit, saying it was aimed at "hoodwinking the people of Manipur".

He said that soon after the formation of the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the setting up of a Sports University in Manipur, so that the natural talent of the youths of the state for athletics and sports could be groomed in a more institutionalised manner.

Another one was found in front of another BJP worker O Sunil's residence in Thoubal district, 40-km away from the rally venue.

The Prime Minister's rally in Imphal may change the mood of electorates as he is said to have taken a tough stand against the boycott call of UNC backed by NSCN (I-M).

The Centre has sought detailed report from the Manipur government on the foolproof security arrangements in the state in the wake of insurgent groups calling for a "shutdown" in the state tomorrow during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the northeastern state for election campaigning.

PM Modi will visit Manipur on February 25 and to address an election campaign rally in Imphal.

Elections for the 60-seat assembly in the state will be held in two phases, on 4 and 8 March.

Students and women activists also demanded the disclosure of details of the agreement. "We need Rahulji to defend any attack launched by Modi against the Ibobi government", said the Congress leader.Congress sources said the party has chose to bring Rahul to Imphal as BJP's rise is believed to be more in the urban areas. Another regional parties like Irom Sharmila's newly formed PRJA has named 6 candidates, Naga People's Front-16 candidates, People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) has only 1 while 23 candidates will be contesting as independent candidates.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal while addressing a campaign meeting of BJP candidate L Radhakishore in Oinam constituency on Friday accused the ruling Congress Government in the State of failing to address the grievances of the people in the last 15 years.

  • Leroy Wright