New Delhi: Citing that the Director General of Assam Rifles, the principal Central Armed Police Force in Manipur, has described the situation in Manipur as “very unprecedented”, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday said that in the last three days, eight people were killed in the state. “Manipur is being asked to pay a heavy price in order to save the chair of one person, Mr Biren Singh, the chief minister who has lost all political legitimacy,” Chidambaram posted on X, formerly Twitter.
He further posted that “the Home Minister presides over a worsening situation; and the Hon’ble Prime Minister seems to have erased Manipur from his radar”.
“Manipur is a State, not a piece of real estate. The central government is acting as if the state does not exist… This is constitutionally wrong, politically immoral and, from the people’s point of view, a complete disaster,” the post said.
Chidambaram had slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over not visiting violence-hit Manipur.
In one of his earlier tweets, Chidambaram had said, “Ethnic cleansing is shameful,” admitted the Home Minister. It happened under his watch. He added that it is ‘more shameful’ that politics is being played on it. He is wrong.””Raising and debating the issue of ethnic cleansing is the duty of every citizen, especially of political leaders and MPs. What is regretful is that the Prime Minister has not found the time to visit Manipur in the last 100 days,” the Congress leader added.
His remarks came a day after Shah, while speaking in the Lok Sabha on the no-confidence motion, said that the ethnic strife in Manipur “is shameful, but what ‘s more shameful is how the opposition is playing politics over the issue”.
A no-trust motion was brought by the Congress on behalf of the opposition bloc of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) in Lok Sabha over Manipur. The debate was initiated by Congress Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi. Rahul Gandhi and several other opposition MPs slammed the government while Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Amit Shah spoke against the no-trust motion. (Courtesy: The Indian Express)