“During Congress rule, be it the hills or the plains, Manipur was known for corruption, militancy, infiltration, blockade, drugs, weapons, smuggling. Today, under BJP rule, Manipur is known for development, connectivity, infrastructure , sports, industry and health facilities. Biren Singh has made successful efforts to make it a self-reliant Manipur,” Shah said at a rally here. “We had sought an opportunity to form the government in Manipur and said that we would free the state from blockade and ‘bandh’. Chief Minister N Biren Singh has changed the state’s path from blockade and bandh to peace and development,” he added.
Amit Shah said that Biren Singh has been a football player and “knows how to hit a target and save a target”.
“The Chief Minister stopped the anti-Manipur people who tried to target corruption, bandh and violence in the state. And the Chief Minister also scored goals in the matter of connectivity, development and peace in the state,” he said.
The Home Minister said that 9,500 youths associated with terrorist organizations have surrendered in the northeastern states.
“In all, in the Northeast states, more than 9,500 youth who had links with terrorist organizations have surrendered and joined the mainstream. We want to bring back all the youth of the Northeast to the mainstream. We are with all the insurgent groups. Will discuss and bring peace in the state.”
Manipur will go to polls in two phases on February 28 and March 5.
First published:February 23, 2022, 9:49 pm