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UPA neglecting NE: Irani
Correspondent IMPHAL, SEPT 4:
Published on 4 Sep. 2010 11:40 PM IST
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BJP Mahila Morcha chief Smriti Irani, who arrived here on a two-day visit, criticized the ruling Congress led UPA government of neglecting Northeastern region and particularly Manipur.
“The action taken report of the government placed in the Parliament was not up to the expectation of the people of the region, particularly Manipur where people are suffering by prolonged economic blockade on the National Highways,” Smirti Irani said on her arrival at Imphal Airport.
Irani said that she knew people had been suffering a lot due to the economic blockade and the most suffered section of the society was the women group.
During her stay in the state, she would assess the problems being faced by the women. “I came here with the instruction from the party leaders in New Delhi and shall take stock of the ground situation. I will table an eyewitness account after returning to the capital (New Delhi),’ Irani said. Apart from attending a conference organised by the state women wing of the party tomorrow, she would meet women leaders and representatives of women based NGOs.
It may be mentioned that on August 31 last, BJP had raised the issue of re-imposition of blockade on both the highways linking Manipur with the rest of the country during zero hour in the Rajya Sabha after the same was raised in the Lok Sabha before.
BJP National Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, had raised the issue urging the government to take immediate action to restore peace and normalcy in Manipur observing that people in this landlocked state had begun to lose faith in the efficacy of the Indian state.
Further, owing to the blockade, the prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed. At present, cooking gas is sold at Rs 1200 per cylinder and petrol/diesel in black market is available at Rs 70 and above per litre.
Government had de-rationed the petrol and diesel around a month back but oil filling stations were remaining close most of the time.
Strongly charging the Chief Minister, O Ibobi for failing to ensure availability of essential commodities to the people and unable to find a plan or cope with the artificial scarcity of goods and controlling price rise, the BJP, Manipur Pradesh had been demanding resignation of the Chief Minister on moral grounds.

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