This will be his first visit to the north-eastern state after the dates for the assembly elections were announced in January this year. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state on Tuesday and addressed election rallies in Imphal.
As part of his agenda, Shah is scheduled to address two public meetings in Manipur’s tribal-dominated Churachandpur assembly constituency and will also have lunch at the home of district party functionaries.
The second place of his rally is Kangpokpi assembly constituency, which is an important home of the Gorkha population. This will be followed by a door-to-door campaign by Shah in Yaikul Mandal and Bhamon Leikai. Even though the region is predominantly inhabited by the Naga population, there are also a large number of Gorkhas who reside here.
The former BJP national president will also hold a meeting with the state party leadership in the evening to assess the progress of the election campaign before going back to Delhi.
Speaking on the Union Home Minister’s visit, BJP Manipur election co-in-charge Ashok Singhal told ANI: “We are expecting a huge turnout for the Union Home Minister’s visit as the BJP is committed to a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.”
Singhal, who is also Assam’s urban development minister, took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remark that ‘BJP and RSS do not understand Manipur’s culture’ and said, “Those who have no understanding and culture. We should not lecture.”
Elections are to be held in Manipur in two phases – on February 28 and March 5.
The BJP, led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, is seeking a second term in office with an absolute majority which the party is targeting. BJP has broken all its previous alliances and is fighting on all 60 seats alone. (ANI)
First published:February 22, 2022, 8:17 pm