IMPHAL, February 4: Janata Dal United, Manipur strongly condemns the incident in which people of the North East were referred as `immigrants`™ in a vision document of the BJP released yesterday in relation with the Delhi Assembly Election slated on February 7, stated JDU, Manipur president M Tomba Singh at a press meet in its party office today. JDU, Manipur has also sought a clarification from the BJP.
Tomba Singh said BJP has always done something detrimental to the people of the region. The then Union Home Minister LK Advani announced a ceasefire extension without territorial limits causing problems to the state during which 18 people lost their precious lives and many government department buildings and the State Assembly were set on fire, he added.
The BJP is again inviting trouble and a new June 18 uprising when its chief ministerial candidate at the Delhi Assembly elections, Kiran Bedi, termed the people of the North-east as immigrants for getting some votes, he said.
The BJP government has announced many developmental packages for Manipur within its hundred days`™ programme which is yet to be delivered, he said, adding the Janata Dal United and the people of Manipur were monitoring as to how far they have delivered on their assurances.
All the actions of the BJP are intentionally done and that is why the Janata Dal United believes that there could be hidden agenda of the BJP against the people of the North-east.
Meanwhile, members of CPI,Manipur staged a sit-in protest in front of the Gambhir Singh Shopping complex condemning the usage of the term `immigrants`™ while describing people from the North-east.
CPI Manipur State Council member and former minister, N Mangi alleged that the BJP had always acted against the interest of the people of the region. During the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister of India, the inclusion of the word `without territorial limits`™ while conceding to the demands of NSCN( IM) for a Greater Nagaland sparked violence and witnessed the massacre of several people, he said.
Questioning the rationale of State BJP president Th Chaoba`™s Delhi visit for a political rally when NE people are termed as immigrants, he also stated that Olympiad Mary Kom has brought glory to the country in the field of sports. She has brought laurels to the country by representing the country and how come the BJP termed us as immigrants, he asked.