BJP has no power to exclude Manipur: CM

IMPHAL, 32rd FEB: Manipur became an integral part of India after its merger in 1949, and as such Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is heading the Union government, has no right or power to exclude the state from getting its share of economic package for development, chief minister O Ibobi Singh has stated. Speaking at the flag hoisting ceremony of INC candidate Dr Irengbam Ibohalbi Singh at Irengbam on Thursday, Ibobi went on to point out that allocation of fund to the state is not in the hands of BJP since India follows a federal structure. Dr Ibohalbi is contesting in Oinam AC.

              While pointing out that for over 200 years Manipur was an independent kingdom and the people do not have the habit of begging, Ibobi affirmed that Manipuris have their own principles and ethics.Noting that Manipur is regarded as a mini India because of peaceful co-existence of over 30 different communities in the state, the chief minster declared that there is no separate land for Naga or Kuki or Meetei but it is the ancestral land of the Manipuri people, and urged the people to empower the Congress party for wiping out communalism from the soil of Manipur.

              Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam in his address observed that the ensuing state assembly election is like a plebiscite, and it will decide whether Manipur loving political party or Manipur defying political party will win the election. The flag hoisting ceremony was also attended by minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA K Ranjit and former minister Y Jiten besides leaders of Oinam Block Congress Committee and Oinam people.

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