After completion of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, the Indian National Congress (INC) will be launching the ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ (East to West) from Manipur to Mumbai for justice in democracy, economy, women, employee and different social problems.
INC president Mallikarjun Kharge will flag off the yatra (journey) from Imphal on January 14, 2024 and is targeting to reach Mumbai on March 20 of the same year.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president K Meghachandra on Wednesday said different MPs, CMs, MLAs, former CMs, intellectuals, social workers, leaders from different organisations will be taking part in the journey.
He alleged that the citizens of Manipur have been witnessing the divide and rule policy played by the present ‘double engine government’, in which many of the people across the state have been victimised. Meghachandra added that ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ is being organised for the justice of the victims.
Like ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, the journey of ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ which is of a total distance of 6,200 kilometers will be launched with a peace walk from Imphal led by Rahul Gandhi crossing through 14 different states and 85 districts till Mumbai. Most of the journey will be done by walking but in some areas the participants will be ferried in buses, Meghachandra added.
MPCC is inviting all the members of MPCC and other members from like-minded political parties and others to participate in the journey.
On June 29, a convoy led by Rahul Gandhi was blocked at Bishnupur while trying to reach Churachandpur to meet the internally displaced people at relief camps. It was said that the journey was a part of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
Although the double-engine government has been claiming that the government is trying at its level best to bring back normalcy, no developments are seen in the present scenario, he said.
He claimed that the double engine government is unable to solve the issue of Manipur and due people are suffering for the last 8 months as a result. He questioned how long the people are going to suffer.
Recalling Rahul Gandhi’s statements, MPCC president said with the help of the Indian army the violence in Manipur can be suppressed within a few hours. What is the hidden agenda behind the BJP government in not stopping the violence, he questioned.
Recently, Chief Minister N Biren Singh; state BJP president, A Sharda Devi observed ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25, in connection with the Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The chief minister and state BJP president should be ashamed of themselves for observing the day in Manipur, considering the present scenario, he said.
Meghachandra added that due to the present unrest, over 60,000 people have been displaced and many houses destroyed. Even the state government’s initiatives to launch Manipur State Transport Bus service was not successful, he mentioned. Considering the present unrest, the state government’s ‘go to hills’ and ‘go to village’ missions have already failed, he added.
“The Good Governance Day observed in Manipur was a self-styled good governance day observation,” Meghachandra claimed.
Recently, the Central government named an Indian Navy Ship as ‘Imphal’, he further said, adding, instead of giving the name of Imphal to an Indian Naval Ship, Narendra Modi government should have prioritised on solving the burning issue of Manipur.
Is the double engine government waiting for the upcoming election to bring peace in Manipur, he questioned. If the government wanted to bring back normalcy in Manipur, then it could have been brought easily without waiting for the election, he said.
He further appealed to the Biren-led government to remain in the government by holding their respective chairs but they must prioritise on solving the present unrest of Manipur.
Responding to the media, Meghachandra said the schedule of the journey is yet to be finalised. Although the national highways of Manipur are not fully opened, it is in the hands of the state government whether the ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ will be allowed on the highways of Manipur or not.