BJP leader and Union minister Amit Shah in Imphal on April 15

Union home minister Amit Shah addressed a BJP election rally in Imphal on April 15 and said that the ongoing problem in Manipur would be resolved soon.

Amit Shah, who expressed his strong confidence in the saffron party returning to power for the third consecutive term, added that the priority of the Narendra Modi government will be restoration of peace and normalcy by resolving the crisis through dialogue among the conflicting communities.

The government will also discuss with the affected people, he also said.

He added that the territorial integrity of Manipur will never be compromised while resolving the crisis. “We will never allow Manipur to break,” he affirmed.

The Union home minister also said that the ensuing election should not be considered as a mere contest among the political parties but as a decisive battle among the forces who strive to protect the unity and integrity of Manipur and those who sow the seed of discord and division among the people.

Alleging that there is an ongoing conspiracy to change the demography of the state through the process of infiltration from across the border, Shah said that noting the matter seriously, the central government had decided to scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and fencing of the Indo-Myanmar border.

The Modi government is firm on fencing the Indo-Myanmar border to ensure the protection of Manipur and the fencing work had already been initiated, he said.

The border fencing and ending the FMR will also help in checking the cross-border narcotic smuggling, Shah observed.

While taking a jibe at the Congress, the national BJP leader spelled out various developmental initiatives initiated by the Modi government in the last 10 years.

Amit Shah said that except loots, oppositions, bandhs and blockade, no developmental activities were taken up during the 10-year tenure of the “Sonia—Manmohan Singh government” in the state.

He said that Manipur and other Northeast states have no hope under the Congress regime. However, it is a strong belief of the saffron party that the fate of India will change only when the fate of northeast and Manipur is changed, Amit Shah added.

Apart from leaders of the state BJP, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, Manipur BJP chief A Sarda Devi and party candidate in the fray from the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency, Th Basantakumar, also attended the rally held in Imphal’s Hapta Kangjeibung.

After addressing the party election rally, Amit Shah went to the state BJP office at Nityapat Chuthek situated just opposite to Imphal Raj Bhavan and inaugurated a newly constructed building of the party.

There, he held interaction with state party leaders and workers before concluding his brief visit and left Imphal.

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