Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not yet spoken out on the violence in the state.
Manipur has been witnessing ethnic clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities since May 3. The violence has left more than 100 persons dead, over 300 injured and thousands displaced.
Singh, a Congress leader, is part of a ten-party delegation that has been waiting in Delhi for an appointment with Modi since June 12. The delegation also includes representatives from the Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), Aam Aadmi Party and Nationalist Congress Party, The Indian Express reported.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Singh said that Manipur had been burning since May and that about 20,000 persons were in relief camps. “However, the Prime Minister has not yet expressed anything regarding Manipur,” he said. “Is Manipur a part of India or not? If it is, why hasn’t the Prime Minister of India spoken about it?”
The former chief minister said that members of the delegation were not seeking to politicise the situation. “We are not here for political advantage; we simply seek peace,” he said. “Please help…