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BJP’s ‘double engine’ govt dealt several blows to people of Manipur: Congress chief Kharge

He said according to some reports, over 80 people have died in camps in Churachandpur alone, due to trauma, malnutrition and illness.

The Imphal camps are no better, he added.

Whatever help is being provided in camps has come from collective efforts of good samaritans, NGOs, and not the state government, he claimed.

Kharge alleged that women and children are suffering because of the complete apathy and neglect shown by the BJP.

“Since January 1 itself, 10 people have died in renewed violence. Police trainees of two communities are shooting at each other. Seven have been injured. On January 24, we witnessed how an armed group coerced MPs and MLAs to attend a meeting at heavily guarded Kangla Fort, where the Manipur Congress president was brutally assaulted and tortured,” Kharge said.

“PM Modi’s assurance to the people of Manipur in August 2023 in Parliament reverberates hollow! There is no normalcy and peace in sight,” he said.

On Sunday, the Congress said the prime minister continues to maintain a “total silence” on the situation in Manipur and alleged that he had committed a “horrific injustice” to the people there.

The opposition party’s attack had come a day after Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh met Home Minister Amit Shah.

Ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3, 2023, after a tribal solidarity march was organised in the hill districts to protest against the majority Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status.

Since then, over 200 people have been killed in the continuing violence.

While a section of Kukis have demanded a separate administration or separation from the Manipur government, the Meitei groups are against it and warned legislators against any such design and asked them to foil such attempts.

Meiteis account for about 53 percent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 percent and reside mainly in the hill districts. The rest belong to other communities.

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