Imphal: Taking potshots at the BJP-led coalition government for its complete ‘misgovernance’ and ‘failures’ in every field in the state, the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee questioned whether the saffron party would believe more in the reports provided by the India Today or the reports placed in public by the Niti Aayog.
Speaking to media persons here at the Congress Bhavan, Congress leader and former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said that the present government appeared to rely more on the reports given by a private company, India Today, in the overall achievement of the state government. Whereas, Manipur is one of the worst performing states in terms of health, infrastructure, said Ibobi, citing the Niti Aayog report.
The CLP leader said during his tenure Manipur made tremendous achievements in child mortality rate, road and other infrastructures, but they never sought recognition from anyone. Ibobi also recalled meetings with Niti Aayog officials during which they fought tooth and nail for special category status when they tried to remove Manipur from the status. But nobody knows where Manipur’s present status is, he added.
Stating that Manipur entered a new phase of darkness, Manipur Congress in-charge Bhakta Charan Das said that the present BJP government cannot claim to have completed any project that the previous Congress regime had initiated. From district courts to ISBT, from state highways to tapped water facility, from drainage system to cleanliness in Imphal city there is complete failure in every front, he contended.
MPCC president N Loken alleged that the present government was not only able to provide salary to its employees on time; it could not hold elections to local bodies. The Rural Development and Gram Panchayat Ministry had already sanctioned a sum of Rs 333 crore for development in rural areas but the government hasn’t been able to release the same amount, he added.