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Gaikhangam unfazed by Modi rally success

Imphal, Feb. 9: The Manipur Congress has not felt threatened by the “success” of Narendra Modi’s election rally here yesterday and instead, termed it to be a success of the state government and the people of the state, PCC president Gaikhangam said here today.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate addressed the largest election rally in the state at Langjing Achouba ground of Imphal yesterday to campaign for the state unit of the BJP, which is preparing to contest both the Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituencies in the Lok Sabha elections.

“Manipur has a beautiful tradition and culture of according the highest respect to guests. The Manipur government had made all arrangements to make the visit a success without any unwanted development. The people came out to welcome the guest. The rally was a success and it is also a success of the state government and the people,” Gaikhangam told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

Reacting to charges levelled by Modi against the Congress government here, Gaikhangam, also the deputy chief minister in-charge of home, said the Congress had never expected Modi to praise the Congress government.

“He is in a party that loves to criticise other parties. People will judge us (Congress government),” he said.

Gaikhangam said the BJP could never translate the success of the rally into votes, as the party did not have any foundation in Manipur. “People have tested the (BJP) leaders,” he said.

Gaikhangam rejected an offer made by Modi to pay salaries and free accommodation for 200 women police each for two years if the governments in the Northeast sent them to Gujarat.

“This is without any policy and a decision taken by an individual chief minister. If there is a national policy we are ready to send our forces anywhere in the country. Our forces are more experienced and capable and they do not have anything to learn from Gujarat,” Gaikhangam said.

Reacting to recent incidents of attacks on people from the Northeast in the national capital, Gaikhangam said all political parties and states should come together to take steps to prevent such heinous crimes.

He demanded that the severest punishment should be meted out to those responsible for death of a student from Arunachal Pradesh, assault on two Manipuri girls and rape of a minor, also from Manipur, in New Delhi. Protesters took out a rally in Imphal today to protest the attacks on northeasterners in New Delhi.