Sushma Swaraj in town for a spot report
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 08 2010: A team of BJP National leaders led by Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj arrived here today on a two-day visit to take a first hand account of the situation prevailing in the State.

Other members of the Central BJP team include Deputy leader in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia, Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra, National secretary Tapir Gao and zonal organising secretary, North East States P Chandrasekhar Rao.

Soon after their arrival at Imphal Airport, the Central BJP team called on Governor Gurbachan Jagat to discuss the situation in Manipur.

Later in the evening, the visiting team also interacted with representatives of political parties and civil organisations over the same issue at the Nityaipat Chuthek of the State BJP Unit here.

Opposition leader in the LS and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on arriving at Imphal airport

After meeting the Governor, a reception function in honour of the visiting Central team was hosted by the State BJP unit at GM Hall.

Addressing the BJP Manipur Pradesh workers at the occasion, Sushma Swaraj observed that the solution to the territorial conflict between Nagaland and Manipur should be brought about through political consensus.

No part of the land belonging to one State can be given away or take over by another State.

On the prevailing situation in Manipur, she noted that public in Manipur have suffered a lot but the UPA Government at the Centre has not given any attention.

Home Minister Chidambaram has time for visiting Pakistan but for visiting Manipur.

Observing that BJP has no MP from Manipur, she assured that as a principal Opposition party in the Parliament, BJP would be taking up issue of Manipur so that a solution could be brought about soon.

Zonal organising secretary P Chandrashekhar Rao said that Chief Minister O Ibobi-led SPF Government has failed to act responsibly towards ameliorate suffering of the people.

Alleging that the State Government has become a den of corruption, Chandrasekhar asserted that the State and its police, the judiciary and the bureaucrats have not live up to the expectation of the people and the administration has gone awry.

There is no sign that the fund that have been provided by the Centre have been utilised properly here.

Out of Rs 25 crores that had been provided for cleaning Loktak lake, only Rs I crore had been utilised.

Yet the utilisation certificate signed by the Chief Minister has been submitted with the proposal for providing Rs 225 crores more.

Surprisingly, there is no name of the agency in the project for Rs 225 crores, Chandrasekhar said.

MP Chandan Mitra pointed out that imposition of economic blockade along the National Highways for 70 days is something unheard of in other parts of India.

Deputy leader of Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia observed that many well-known personalities have been produced from Manipur.

But the Government has always tried to subdue them.

He further said that there is the issue of Greater Nagaland within Nagaland but not in Manipur.

Nor is there any issue of Greater Manipur in Manipur.

The Government should pay serious attention to such issues.