BJP in Manipur Paid Money to Militants to Retain Power: Congress 


Manipur Congress alleged that the ruling BJP has paid huge sums of money to militant outfits to retain power in the state. 

It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Manipur government of violating the Model Code of Conduct in the state by releasing money to “banned militant groups” amid the ongoing polls.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh alleged that Rs 15.7 crore and Rs 92.7 lakhs had been released to the militant groups in two tranches on February 1 and March 1, under the Suspension of Operation agreement.

The Congress leader’s allegations came after the Kuki National Organisation extended political support to the BJP.

Ramesh, who is also the Congress’ observer in Manipur, made the allegation at a press conference in Imphal. He claimed that the information about the payments had been leaked to him by a senior state government official.

It is reported that the Suspension of Operation agreement had been signed between the Government of India and United People’s Front and the Kuki National Organisation in 2008. 

At Thursday’s press conference, Ramesh alleged that the release of payments meant that elections held in Churachandpur and Kangpokpi districts during the first phase of polling on February 1 were not “free and fair”.

“These bribes will also influence elections in Tengnoupal and Chandel districts in Phase 2,” he said.

It is to be mentioned that the second phase of elections in Manipur will be held on March 5. Results will be announced on March 10.


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