‘There is no improvement at the ground level…’ Rahul Gandhi said after meeting the victims of violence in Manipur, Prime Minister should come here and listen to the people

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited relief camps in Jiribam and Churachandpur districts of Manipur. This is Gandhi’s third visit to the violence-hit northeastern state and the first after assuming office as the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Accompanied by senior Congress leaders, Gandhi’s visit comes after the Congress won both the Lok Sabha seats in Manipur. The state has been ravaged by ethnic violence since May last year, resulting in over 200 deaths and displacement of countless residents, who are now taking shelter in these relief camps.

Along with this, Rahul Gandhi met Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey at the Raj Bhavan in Imphal. Along with this, he told the media that this is the third time I have come here since the problem started and it has been a tremendous tragedy. I was hoping for some improvement in the situation but I was disappointed to see that the situation is still not as it should be. He said that I visited the camps and listened to the people there, heard their pain. I have come here to listen to them, instill confidence in them and try to put pressure on the government as a person in the opposition so that it takes action.

Rahul Gandhi said the need of the hour here is peace. Violence is hurting everyone. Thousands of families have been harmed, properties have been destroyed, family members have been killed and I have not seen anywhere else in India what is happening here. He said the state has been completely divided into two parts and it is a tragedy for everyone involved. I want to tell all the people of Manipur, I have come here as your brother, I have come here as someone who wants to help you, who wants to work with you to bring peace back to Manipur.

He said that I am ready to do whatever I can, the Congress party is ready to do whatever it can to bring back peace here. We had a conversation with the governor and we told the governor that we would like to help in whatever way we can, we also expressed our displeasure and said that we are not happy with the progress that has been made here. I do not want to go ahead in politicising the issue, it is not my intention. I understand that the whole of Manipur is in pain, is suffering and needs to come out of this suffering as soon as possible… I would request everyone to think about peace, think about brotherhood and violence and hatred are not going to solve the problem.

Rahul said that so, if we can start thinking about peace, start thinking about affection, it will be a very big step for Manipur. The Congress Party and I are available, whenever you want me to come here… I will be happy to come here and I will be happy to listen to what you have to say and try to help you as the leader of the opposition. He said that the Government of India and everyone who considers themselves patriots should go ahead and embrace the people of Manipur and bring peace to Manipur.

The Congress leader said that I think it is important that the Prime Minister comes here, listens to the people of Manipur, tries and understands what is happening in Manipur. After all, Manipur is a proud state of the Indian Union…even if there was no tragedy, the Prime Minister should have come to Manipur. He said that in this big tragedy, I request the Prime Minister to take out 1-2 days of his time and listen to the people of Manipur. This will give relief to the people of Manipur. As a Congress party, we are ready to support anything that will improve the situation here.

He said, ‘Please respect what I am saying. I have come here to give a clear message, I am not interested in answering questions that are designed to deviate from the issue… I have given my statement.’ He said that Manipur is one of the most beautiful states of the Indian Union.

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