Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and other party members have criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the violence in Manipur. They argue that the Modi government has been inactive and neglectful while the state continues to suffer. This article examines the key statements made by Congress leaders, their demands, and the ongoing situation in Manipur.
Manipur Continues To Burn: Congress President Kharge Questions PM Silence
Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress Chief, strongly criticized PM Modi’s silence on the Manipur violence. He accused the government of being “asleep at the wheel while Manipur burns.” Kharge expressed disappointment that PM Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” broadcasts did not include any mention of Manipur. He questioned the government’s lack of consideration for Manipur as a part of India and emphasized that the situation in the state is both precarious and deeply disturbing.
Your ‘𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐧 𝐊𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐚𝐭’ should have first included ‘𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐩𝐮𝐫 𝐊𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐚𝐭’, but in vain.
The situation in the border state is precarious and deeply disturbing.
▫️You have not spoken a word.
▫️You have not chaired a single meeting.
— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) June 18, 2023
Demands for Action
Kharge called upon PM Modi to take immediate action to restore normalcy in Manipur. He urged the Prime Minister to engage citizen groups and seek their cooperation in resolving the conflict. Additionally, Kharge demanded that an all-party delegation be allowed to visit the state and assess the situation firsthand. This move, according to Kharge, would demonstrate the government’s commitment to addressing the crisis and finding a peaceful resolution.
Jairam Ramesh’s Mockery
Jairam Ramesh, a Rajya Sabha MP and General Secretary, joined in the criticism of PM Modi’s silence on Manipur. Ramesh sarcastically remarked, “So one more Mann ki Baat but Maun on Manipur.” He pointed out the contradiction between the Prime Minister’s self-praise regarding India’s disaster management capabilities and his failure to address the man-made humanitarian disaster unfolding in Manipur. Ramesh questioned the Prime Minister’s concern for the state, highlighting the existence of the non-auditable PM-CARES Fund and its apparent lack of attention towards Manipur.
So one more Mann ki Baat but Maun on Manipur. The PM patted himself on the back for India's great capabilities in disaster management. What about the entirely man-made (actually self-inflicted) humanitarian disaster that is confronting Manipur. Still no appeal for peace from him.…
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) June 18, 2023
Opposition’s Plea and Background
Ten opposition parties in Manipur, led by the Congress, collectively raised concerns over PM Modi’s silence on the ongoing violence in the state. They appealed to the Prime Minister to personally meet with the clashing communities and make a public appeal for peace. The violence initially erupted on May 3 between the Meiteis and Kukis, triggered by a protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status. Meiteis, comprising the majority of Manipur’s population and residing in the Imphal Valley, clashed with Nagas and Kukis, the tribal communities living in the hill districts.
The criticism from Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, highlights the dissatisfaction with PM Modi’s silence on the Manipur violence. They argue that the Modi government’s lack of response demonstrates a disregard for the state’s plight. The demand for immediate action, including engaging citizen groups and allowing an all-party delegation, emphasizes the urgency to restore peace in Manipur. The ongoing clashes between communities have caused significant loss of life and pose a severe threat to the stability of the state.