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Delhi briefed on graft in Ibobi govt

- 7 parties apprise Speaker

Imphal, Nov. 9: Allegations about corruption plaguing the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in Manipur have reached Delhi, with a seven-party Opposition delegation briefing the Lok Sabha Speaker and leaders non-Congress national parties in the national capital recently.

The delegation is hoping something “good” will come out of their petition to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and the national parties.

The delegation returned yesterday after submitting a memorandum to Kumar on November 5 and meeting leaders of national non-Congress parties.

“The leaders of the national non-Congress parties were convinced that corruption was rampant in Manipur and they promised to take up the issue in Parliament. We are hopping something good would come out of our visit to Delhi,” Moirangthem Nara Singh, CPI state secretary and spokesperson for the seven parties, told reporters here today.

The delegation comprised the BJP, CPI, CPM, Trinamul Congress, JD(U), JD(S) and Manipur Peoples Party leaders.

In the memorandum, the parties highlighted mainly alleged corruption in the state Assembly in appointments.

They charged that the state Assembly purchased material worth Rs 20 crore without inviting tenders and appointed 180 staff members on contract basis without issuing any notification. This was in addition to the existing 480 employees in the secretariat.

Moreover, they alleged that Th. Nivedita Devi, wife of present Assembly Speaker Th. Lokeshore Singh, was appointed an under secretary under OBC category.

Nara said the delegation also highlighted the Loktak clearance scam where the government awarded the Rs 224-crore contract for cleaning the Loktak Lake to a newly floated and dubious outside firm, K. Pro Infra Ltd, which did not have experience of handling a Rs 10-lakh project.

Before visiting Delhi, the parties had highlighted the alleged corrupt practices within the state through public meetings.

“People cannot be taken for a ride by the present state government. We will not leave any stone unturned until the corrupt elements are pulled up and punished,” state Trinamul Congress spokesperson R.K. Shivachandra Singh said.