Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on January 14 took a sarcastic jab at the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, which was flagged off from Manipur, stating that it sounds more like “Bharat Todo (break) Yatra”.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 8th Armed Forces Veterans Day held in Imphal, the chief minister expressed his scepticism about the yatra, suggesting that it seems more focused on dividing rather than uniting.
“I do not consider it to be a Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra but Bharat todo yatra,” he remarked.
Responding to a query regarding the restricted permit to use Hatpa Kangjeibung as the launch pad for the yatra, Biren stated that the government has halted the granting of permits for any function involving large gatherings due to the prevailing law and order situation.
It’s worth noting that Congress had sought permission to use Hatpa Kangjeibung in Imphal for the yatra launch. However, the venue had to be changed at the last minute due to the restricted permit granted by the Imphal East district administration.
The yatra was eventually flagged off from a private ground near Khongjom War Memorial site in Thoubal district, drawing a significant crowd for the inauguration.
“Now is the time for the people to save their lives and properties, and it is not the time to hold mass rallies and do politics,” emphasized Chief Minister Biren Singh. He also predicted that many would leave the Congress and join the BJP in the future.
As political tensions and differing perspectives play out, Manipur remains a focal point, and the dynamics are closely observed as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra unfolds in the region.