IMPHAL: After obliging to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s summon to discuss the ongoing Sectarian strife in the state in Delhi, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, on Thursday evening, blamed the Congress for the ongoing unrest in the state.
“The current situation in Manipur is a consequence of past actions, largely linked to the Congress. We must not let politics overshadow human lives,” Chief Minister Singh told the press.
In response to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks concerning Manipur violence, the Chief Minister expressed his viewpoint, suggesting that discussions should align with the context. “If Rahul Gandhi is in Ladakh, his remarks should pertain to Ladakh. There seems to be a mismatch in talking about Manipur while being in Ladakh,” he emphasised.
He also highlighted the crucial role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in reinstating tranquillity within the state. “We consistently seek their advice. The statements made by PM Modi and Amit Shah in Parliament have significantly contributed to restoring peace in Manipur. Our efforts are focused on the ongoing rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced individuals,” Biren Singh told the press.
Earlier on Thursday, a ministerial delegation led by Singh embarked on a special flight to Delhi to confer with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The ministerial team flew from Imphal via a special flight at approximately 10:30 am and returned to Imphal within the same day. The visit followed a recent telephonic conversation between Shah and the Chief Minister, where the latter provided insights into the state’s law and order situation.
In another development, a delegation from the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), led by convener Jeetendra Ningomba, also embarked on a parallel journey to Delhi on Thursday.
The 15-member COCOMI team received an invitation from Shah to discuss the ongoing crisis. The COCOMI delegation engaged in talks with the Union Home Minister at 8 pm, following his earlier discussions with the ministerial team led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the COCOMI had revealed that their participation was sought by the Union Home Minister to delve into the unfolding situation and explore avenues for resolution amid the ongoing unrest.