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BJP promises a new Imphal

Imphal, March 27: The Manipur BJP today promised development of Imphal city and implementation of Article 8 of Manipur Merger Agreement, 1949, if the party came to power in New Delhi.

“The present Imphal city has become too congested and the successive Congress governments have not done anything. The city roads are so congested that it takes one hour to cross the city. We will build a new Imphal city if the BJP comes to power in New Delhi,” BJP president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh said while releasing the manifesto for the Outer seat today.

The manifesto also promised to implement Article 8 of the merger agreement, a clause relating to giving central government jobs to Manipuris. It promised to establish a sports university in Manipur and provide lifetime stipend to medal winners in state, national and international-level sports competitions.

Chaoba Singh said the BJP would release the manifesto for the Inner Manipur constituency on Sunday, where BJP candidate, environmentalist R.K. Ranjan Singh, was contesting. “We are bringing out separate manifestos for the two seats so as to focus on the problems specific to the constituencies.”

The Outer constituency comprises eight Assembly segments in the valley and five hill districts, where discontentment is growing because of lack of development, connectivity and lack of better administration.

The Nagas are demanding an alternative administrative arrangement while the Kukis are seeking a separate state.

“All issues and problems of the tribals of the Outer Manipur should be solved through political dialogue under the Constitution without affecting the territorial integrity of Manipur,” the manifesto said.

Chaoba Singh said though there were separate agendas in the two manifestos, the common grounds included good governance, development, social security, territorial integrity and transparency.

The party also promises to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur.

Stating that the Outer constituency has not been enjoying benefits of social and economic infrastructure, the manifesto promised to constitute an expert study team to evolve a policy to speed up development.

On the issue of environment the manifesto said since the people in the Outer has a strong inter-dependence with forest the BJP would evolve a policy that could ensure a win-win situation for environment and livelihood within two years.

The BJP also promised to strive to create a new social order to safeguard territorial integrity of Manipur.

“Proper demarcation of the India-Myanmar border on the basis of the position existed at the time of (Manipur’s) merger (with India) in 1949 (will be carried out),” it said.

Chaoba Singh said of the 25 seats in the Northeast, including one of Sikkim, the Congress could win a maximum of only eight seats while the majority of the remaining seats would go to the BJP.


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