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PM blames Congress for Manipur unrest

"It is unfortunate that the government which remained in power for decades did not do anything for women empowerment. But we focused on it," Modi added.

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Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday blasted previous Congress governments in Manipur and accused them of making shutdowns and blockades a permanent feature of the state which he said were removed by the BJP after it rode to power.

“Earlier, Congress made bandhs and blockades a feature of Manipur. Now, every region of Manipur has got relief from bandhs and blockades. We should not let theses days to return. Therefore, it is important that ‘double engine’ government comes to power again,” Modi told a campaign rally here.

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Making further charges, he said: “The Congress did not work for connectivity and development of Manipur. We brought Manipur on the rail map: Connectivity will give an impetus to the tourism sector of the state.”

“It is unfortunate that the government which remained in power for decades did not do anything for women empowerment. But we focused on it,” Modi added.

Highlighting the benefits of the ‘double engine’ government, the Prime Minister said: “In the last five years, you have seen the ‘double engine’ government’s good governance and good intention.We have to make the process of stability and peace permanent in Manipur.

“In Manipur, only 25,000 households got tap water connection before the BJP came to power. In the in last five years, we provided around 3 lakh households tap water connections.”

Modi said the Congress never understood the problems and feelings of the people of the northeast.

Talking about sports in Manipur and the region, he said: “The BJP has strengthened the sports culture. The BJP government in the entire northeast is investing on sports infrastructure.” Assembly elections are due in Manipur on February 28 and March 5. 

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