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Manipur: Cong describes 5 years of BJP rule as ‘period of darkness’

BJP had assured to provide a job opportunity to every household, give piped drinking water to every household, connect every district with all-weather four lane roads

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Imphal: The Congress has stated that the five years of BJP rule in Manipur was a ‘period of darkness’.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh addressing the media here on Thursday at Congress office said the five years ‘highlight the failures of the BJP government’.

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He said the failures of the zero engine government were publicized by the Congress in the form of a booklet and he released it to the media and the people.

Jairam said the BJP which released its manifesto on Thursday was silent on farmers and AFSPA. He said the BJP released a Vision Document in 2017 but it was not fulfilled it.

BJP had assured to provide a job opportunity to every household, give piped drinking water to every household, connect every district with all-weather four lane roads, give free education to women till graduation but not if it were fulfilled. Jairam said there was no conviction of any accused involved in fake encounters and corruption cases registered in the last five years.

Chief Minister N Biren in 2017 October, promised to provide 1.5 lakhs of employment every year , but it was not fulfilled. Ramesh said 11 numbers of new battalions of Indian Reserve Battalion were promised for Manipur by the then Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju which did not materialize.

RBI banned all withdrawals from state government’s exchequer due to the excessive overdraft of the state’s financial health, which exceeded the agreed limits between the RBI and the state government in 2019 June,he added.

Ramesh said ‘unauthorised hindrance and harassment by Assam Rifles under Union Home Ministry of India on free movement of goods, traders and Indian tourists and locals going to or coming from international Moreh town at India-Myanmar border of Manipur, has completely ridiculed rule of law and fundamental rights of citizens of the country, besides disturbing the high potential commercial flow between the two countries under Act East. No new infrastructural development in district headquarters of newly created districts of the state in the last five years.

Oil Palm Project in Manipur by BJP misrule is going to convert the entire ecosystem of Manipur into an uninhabitable place, bereft of sustainability, for the future generations, he added. No serious attempts have been made from both the centre and the state to resolve the India-Myanmar border issue in border pillars guarding Manipur, he said.

He said there was no establishment of any Institute of National Importance such as AIIMS, IIT, IISER, IIM, etc. in Manipur in the last five years. He said there was mismanagement of Rs. 485 crore from central assistance meant for MNREGA in Manipur took place under BJP’s misrule. 

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