State BJP dismissess PM and UPA chairperson`s visit as political gimmick

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IMPHAL, Dec 2 (NNN): Describing the proposed visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as a poll gimmick, the state BJP today strongly demanded that the status of “Supra-State Body” should be clarified to the public by the Prime Minister during his visit to Manipur on December 3 if he is sincere enough on the issue.

Making a veil attack on UPA government at the centre, Manipur state unit BJP president S. Shantikumar, while making announcement of Dr. Nando joining the party during a simple function at its office here, said not a single leader from UPA government have neither visited Manipur nor a single word was spoken about the hardships faced by the people during the over three-month long economic blockade and counter economic blockade imposed by Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) and United Naga Council (UNC).

“Now Prime Minister Dr. Manmohasn Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are visiting the state for inauguration of a few buildings at a time when elections are round the corner which is a ploy to throw dust in the public eyes”, Shantikumar alleged.

Reiterating that the “closed door meeting” between the Union home minister and leaders of UNC during the Manipur visit of the former last month is “still in the dark”, the Manipur Pradesh BJP president demanded it should also be detailed by the two leaders during their trip to the state, the Manipur Pradesh BJP president demanded.

He also said the Guwahati based Seven Sister Post had rejected the statement made by home minister P Chidambaram on the issue of Supra-state body. The Secular Progressive Front (SPF) government has also maintained a complete silence on it till now as if it does not aware anything on the matter. The state government should also come clear on the issue, Shantikumar insisted.

Dr. Nando, who joined BJP on Friday, will contest the upcoming polls to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly from Uripok Constituency. Apart from Shantikumar, other state BJP leaders were also present at the function.

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