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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive in Imphal amid total shutdown call in Manipur today

Over one lakh people are expected to attend the prime minister’s rally, but the party has decided to limit it to one lakh in view of the 50 per cent capacity norm set by the Election Commission of India to be followed as COVID-19 protocol, state BJP president Sharda said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 22 Feb 2022, 9:03 am

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Amid tight security and the call for total shutdown in Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in Imphal on Tuesday at 10.30 am to campaign for BJP candidates for the ensuing 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections, 2022, party sources said.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to address an election rally at Luwangshangbam Sports Complex in Imphal. The proposed rally would be one of the most vibrant political rallies, Election co in-charge of Manipur, Ashok Singhal said.

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Over one lakh people are expected to attend the prime minister’s rally, but the party has decided to limit it to one lakh in view of the 50 per cent capacity norm set by the Election Commission of India to be followed as COVID-19 protocol, BJP Manipur Pradesh president A Sharda Devi said on Sunday, urging the people of the state to extend support and cooperation to the PM's visit.

Expressing concern over the increasing reports of pre-poll violence in the state, Sharda appealed to those involved in the acts to stop indulging in such violence that may disrupt the elections.

Also Read: 'Modi-gate' causes heavy traffic jam in Imphal yet again

Meanwhile, CorCom, the proscribed umbrella organisation Coordination Committee on Sunday announced to boycott Modi’s visit to Manipur by imposing a total shutdown in the state with effect from 1 am of Tuesday till the PM leaves the state. Medical related services, fire services and other emergency services will be exempted from the total shutdown, said a release issued by the CorCom.

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The CorCom stated that the prime minister is not coming to bring progress for the people which every citizen of an independent nation deserves. It pointed out that the election offices opened by the candidates to lure the voters have become hotspots for uses of abusive substances. Many youths, who are the future generation, have been drowning in the ocean of intoxicants and some youths who never tried intoxicants in their life have also started using it, it stated. The candidates are supplying intoxicants knowingly or pretending to not know that it will affect the life of the youths, just for gaining vote banks, it added.

Political leaders of Manipur have arranged all facilities by using their best will to satisfy the prime minister, causing inconveniences to the people of Manipur and breaking the Covid safety protocols, it further said.

Also Read: Failure to conduct ADC elections in last five years a clear example of snatching away democratic institutions: Rahul Gandhi in Manipur

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First published:22 Feb 2022, 3:07 am

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