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BJP delegation meets Rajnath Singh, seeks govt's intervention on Manipur blockade

A delegation of BJP leaders on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek Centre's intervention in ending the blockade in Manipur, as it claimed that the state government had failed to protect the interests of the people.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 22, 2016 23:44 IST ]
A charred bus burnt down by bandh supporters in ManipurPhoto:PTI

A delegation of BJP leaders on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek Centre's intervention in ending the blockade in Manipur, as it claimed that the state government had failed to protect the interests of the people. 

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, BJP's election incharge, told the reporters here that the delegation sought the Centre's intervention in opening up the blockade as "Chief Minister Ibobi Singh has completely failed the state". 

"Despite the central government having provided additional forces, still he has not taken any action.Actually, we see a design in roadblock and its timing. Ibobi Singh is 


guilty of making Manipur people suffer and therefore, we have sought intervention of the Union Home Minister," the HRD minister said. 

Javadekar said there is violence in the state and communal harmony has been breached. 

"What we are seeing is that political vested interests are dividing. The Chief Minister's role is always divide and rule and that is what is on display today," he alleged. 

Asked if the delegation had sought imposition of the President's rule, Javadekar said it had only sought "appropriate action". 

"We are saying that appropriate action should be taken, what that appropriate action is, is for the central government and the ministries concerned (to decide). We are seeing that the state has been brought to a situation where everybody is fighting everybody," he said. 

He said some people were harming the interests of the state just for political gains. 

Asked about the allegations levelled by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Javadekar said those accusations have already been rejected by the court. 

"So this is absurd. He thought that he will bring an earthquake but he has dug a pit for Congress," the senior minister claimed. 

(With PTI inputs) 

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