Published On: Wed, Aug 9th, 2023

Amit Shah calls Manipur violence shameful, says, politicising it even more shameful

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Congress of politicising the Manipur violence and said that the BJP was always ready for discussion on the issue.

He accused the Opposition of spreading a “false perception”

Addressing Lok Sabha during the discussion on the no-confidence motion, he also said that the violence in Manipur was coming down and urged the Opposition “not to put fuel to the fire”.

“I agree with the Opposition’s claim that ethnic clashes have taken place in Manipur. Manipur violence is shameful, politicising it is even more shameful,” Amit Shah said while speaking about Manipur clashes in Lok Sabha.

Saying that the situation has been improved in states, he said, “I request the Opposition not to put fuel to fire. Rahul Gandhi went to Manipur to do politics. We asked Rahul Gandhi to go to Churachandpur via helicopter, but he opposed and took the road route and then he was stopped by Manipur Police.”

Shah dismissed the demands for Manipur Chief Minister’s removal from the post and said that CM Biren Singh was working along with the Centre to address the situation in the state.

“A state CM needs to be changed when he is not cooperating. This CM has been working with the Centre,” Shah said.

He further alleged that the Opposition never wanted a discussion on the issue as they “sought ruckus rather than a productive discussion”.

“From day one, I was ready for the discussion on the Manipur issue, but the Opposition never wanted a discussion. The opposition doesn’t want me to speak but they can’t silence me. 130 crore people have selected us so they have to listen to us…During the past six years of our government, the need for curfew never rose,” the Union Home Minister said.

He accused the Opposition of spreading a “false perception” that the government was avoiding a discussion.

Explaining the reason behind the violent clashes, the Union Minister mentioned a High Court ruling in April which directed the state government to contemplate adding the Meitei community to the Scheduled Tribes (ST) list. “The order only aggravated the situation,” Shah said.

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