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Manipur Election 2017: PM Narendra Modi Says What Congress Couldn't Do In 15 Years In Manipur, BJP Will In 15 Months

Publication: NDTV.com
Date: February 25, 2017
URL:   https://www.google.co.in/amp/m.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-narendra-modi-in-imphal-what-congress-couldnt-do-in-15-years-in-manipur-bjp-will-in-15-months-1663392%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

With polls in Manipur just a week away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack at the Congress government, saying the party was responsible for ruining the state in the last 15 years. "Manipur has been destroyed, who's responsible... The chief minister here has been sitting in Manipur for 15 years. Manipur is considered as the Switzerland of East. But do you see any development, employment for youth?" the PM told the huge crowd gathered in Imphal for his first rally in the state.

The PM asked the crowd to vote for the BJP in the upcoming polls and let the party serve the people of Manipur. "Just give us five years, you have given them 15 years. We'll do what they haven't in 15 months," he said to a rousing reaction from the crowd.

PM Modi also accused Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of trying to divide the people of the state. "There has been no work done. All the government has done is pit one community against the other and get benefit from it. This should end now. All communities spread across the state should be equally benefitted," he added.

Taking his attack on the chief minister one step further, he said, "They (Congress) want votes for their 10 per cent commission... Have you ever heard about 10 per cent chief minister? Anywhere? Manipur now needs a zero per cent chief minister... We want vote for 100 per cent development..."

"We want to give... kisano ko sichai, bachchon ko padhai, naujavanon ko kamai aur burhon ko davai (water to the farmers, education to children, work to the youth and medicines to the old)," he added.

Amid rising concerns over the Naga accord, the PM also assured Manipur that there is not "a single word" in the 2015 agreement that would compromise the territory of the northeastern state. "The Congress government in Manipur has been sleeping since 2015. The framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 and now the state government is raking up the issue with the election in view. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and others have been spreading lies to the people on the issue."

The PM said that the state government is not taking up effective steps to end the economic blockade that has plagued Manipur for nearly four months now. "The centre is ready to give all assistances to end the blockade. The Congress government which has caused hardships to the people does not have the right to stick to power."

He added that the unity of Manipur, welfare of its people and development of the state is the BJP's goal.

"Today, wherever there's Congress government, the states lack progress. Every BJP governed state today is progressing at fast pace," he added.

Manipur goes to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8. Results will be counted on March 11.
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