Monday, May 29, 2023

Where has the double engine gone: Ex-chief minister Ibobi Singh asks


Opposition leader and former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh on Thursday questioned the Central government as well as the State government on their alleged silence even after 21 days of turmoil in the state.
Even after 21 days since the spate of violence, no positive action to end the crisis was taken up till today, the Congress Legislator Party (CLP) leader alleged.
Addressing reporters at Imphal Congress Bhavan, O Ibobi Singh said Congress was unable to remain silent as the double engine government failed to take appropriate action to save the life and property of the people of both the conflicting communities.
He said tension is still prevailing in the state as killings and burning of houses continue unabated. He added that People in the hill-valley peripheries are leading a life of anxiety.
“The fire is yet to be doused. Uncertainty on what would happen in the next movement still hangs in the minds of the people,” Ibobi said. People have started questioning what the BJP governments in the state and Centre are doing to resolve the crisis. “Why is the so-called double engine government failing to act to resolve the issue? Are they waiting for the killing of more lives and more houses to be destroyed? Is there a hidden agenda of the BJP’s double engine government behind the present turmoil in the state?” the former three times chief minister asked. Asserting that tolerable limit has been crossed, Ibobi said that the sitting Congress MLAs decided to have an audience with President Droupadi Murmu and seek her intervention to end the crisis to restore normalcy in the state at the earliest.
“We will be leaving for New Delhi tomorrow or next day to meet the President. We will submit a memorandum seeking her good office’s intervention to end the current ethnic crisis in the state,” he said.
If necessary, the MLAs will seek appointment with the Prime Minister and Union home minister to seek their direct intervention to resolve the crisis, the former three time chief minister said. Manipur is a very small state. Any untoward incidents that would lead to the loss of life and properties can be prevented if the intelligence agencies use their available resources.
He asked why the Prime Minister and Union home minister remained silent even as the chain of violence since May 3 claimed several lives, besides displacing thousands of people after their houses were torched in the violence.
It is said that a large number of Central security forces have arrived in the state. However, people were confused where the security forces were deployed, the former chief minister said.

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