Predicting a thumping victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the ensuing Manipur State Legislative Assembly elections, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the party is all set to win the polls with a sweeping two-third majority.
"The coming election will be a watershed election in the political history of Manipur and the BJP is going to win a two-third majority to form the next government in the state," a confident Rijiju said while addressing a 2200-strong crowd during a campaign programme of 45-Chingai AC BJP candidate Sword Vashum at Talui village public ground on Monday.
Upon arriving, Rijiju was accorded a rousing welcome by candidate Sword Vashum, 44- Ukhrul AC BJP candidate Somatai Shaiza, local village headman Shimkhayai Sangjam, Chingai mandal BJP leaders, party workers, social leaders and public. As a gesture of welcoming and entertaining the Union minister, Guru Shimkhayei Vashum blew the traditional horn while Talui Reisang Youth club presented a Tangkhul folk dance.
Vouching victory for the party with a record margin in the Chingai constituency, he urged the gathering to vote for Vashum and not waste their valuable votes.
Underscoring the party's commitment to resolve the Naga political issue, Rijiju asserted that BJP is the party that has understood the unique identity and political issue of the Nagas. "Accordingly, a peace process was initiated to pave the way for final settlement of the Naga political issue during the tenure of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1997," he recounted.
Now with our prime minister Narendra Modi having committed to solve the existing problems and bring about inclusive development in the Northeast region, I assure you the BJP has clearly charted a roadmap for progress, he conveyed.
Keeping in view the ensuing polls, Rijiju urged all the armed outfits operating in the region not to disrupt activities of the BJP as the same will be akin to closing the door on themselves and their future because BJP is the only party capable of resolving their issues. If they(armed outfits) would ever attempt to strike the BJP, where else will they turn to for their justice,? " he noted with caution.
He also came down on the Congress for harbouring anti Christian sentiments and said that Congress has an infamous history of its former prime minister Indira Gandhi forbidding St Mother Teresa from visiting Arunachal Pradesh to preach the Gospel.
Back in Manipur, the Ibobi led Congress government in Manipur is instigating economic blockade by creating seven new districts only to gain political advantage while inciting communal hatred among the different ethnic groups in the state.
Describing his first visit to Talui, the birthplace of candidate Sword Vashum, as a beautiful experience, Rijiju poured out his sentiments of being connected with the Tangkhul brethren.
In his speech, Hakeqat Jamal stressed on the need to oust Manipur Congress government, which he termed is depriving all basic amenities to the public.
Former minister Dr. Khashim said that the villagers are fortune to have centre leader Rijiju amidst them, adding it's an opportunity for villagers to highlight their problems. Vehemently reiterating that BJP is not anti Naga, but for their development, he said BJP govt on the contrary, is doing its best to free Nagas from political bondage.