The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Wednesday strongly responded to the ultimatum issued by the All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) regarding Rahul Gandhi’s recent speech in Mizoram.
The MPCC expressed surprise at AMUCO’s actions and suggested that AMUCO appears to be echoing the sentiments of the BJP rather than functioning as an apex civil body in Manipur.
Addressing the media at the Congress Bhawan, MPCC president K Meghachandra recalled Rahul Gandhi’s statement, in which he stated, “The idea of Manipur has been destroyed by the BJP. It is no longer a state but a two-state.”
Meghachandra argued that AMUCO’s focus on just two sentences from Rahul Gandhi’s speech does not provide a clear understanding of the entire paragraph or statement.
Meghachandra further emphasised that AMUCO does not have the authority to determine whether the Congress party should be allowed to operate in Manipur. He raised questions about AMUCO’s failure to issue a similar ultimatum to the BJP, especially when BJP MLAs and ministers are advocating for a separate administration.
He questioned if “AMUCO was displaying bias in their actions”.
Refuting various allegations made by the BJP, claiming that the Congress was exploiting the situation for political gain, he clarified that the Congress is an Opposition political party working towards restoring peace in Manipur since the outbreak of violence.
Regarding the arrest of six individuals, including students, for the recent peace rally organised by ten political parties, Meghachandra raised concerns about the basis for their arrest.
He pointed out that some of the arrested individuals had not even taken part in the rally and questioned the police’s lack of action during a mass gathering in a security zone, particularly when the chief minister attempted to resign.