Modi to inaugurate incomplete projects: Mnp Cong

Modi to inaugurate incomplete projects: Mnp Cong
Leaders of Manipur Congress, including former CM O Ibobi Singh, addressing the news conference at Imphal Congress Bhavan on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 3 | Publish Date: 1/3/2019 9:48:05 AM IST

The opposition Congress in Manipur on Thursday accused the BJP led coalition government in Manipur of breaking its own promise made to the people by planning to inaugurate “incomplete projects”.

Some of the projects do not deserve to have their foundation stones laid or inaugurated by a person in the stature of the Prime Minister, the opposition claimed.

On his visit in the state on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate as many as eight projects besides laying foundation stones for four new projects.

Speaking at a news conference held at Imphal Congress Bhavan, former state chief minister O Ibobi Singh alleged that some of the projects were not worthy of being inaugurated by a Prime Minister of the country.

He identified projects like the Buffer Water Reservoir at Shirui village in Ukhrul district, improvement and upgrade of water supply for Churachandpur Zone-III in Churachandpur district, Eco tourism complex in Kangpokpi district, integrated tourist destination at Tupul in Tamenglong district, and water supply scheme at Lambui in Imphal West district.

“These projects are too small to be inaugurated by a Prime Minister,” he said. Similarly, on projects for development of an Inter-Village Road (IVR) and laying Astro turf for playgrounds which were included in the list of projects for which foundation stones are to be laid by Modi, the Congress said these were not deserving of the Prime Minister.

MPCC spokesperson Kh Joykishan recalled promises made by the BJP during the general elections to the state Assembly in 2016 and accused it of not translating any of these “vision document” promises in the into work.

He said that in the vision document, the BJP promised to implement the 7th pay structure for employees of the Manipur government. However, even after two years of power, the coalition government has been sidelining the demand till date.

He also asked if the promise of creating two crore jobs for the nation, including 1.5 lakh jobs annually for the state of Manipur, has materialized.

Joykishan also alleged that the BJP-led NDA government announced a National Sports University in Manipur four years ago. But after the foundation stone was laid, no ground work has been initiated till date, he said.

The “Look East” Policy was also renamed the “Act East” Policy. However, what new initiatives have you (Prime Minister) taken up under the new nomenclature, he asked.

“Do you really want to solve the decades-long NSCN (I-M) issue or is it just a mere political gimmick,” he went to ask.  

The Prime Minister had accused the previous government at the Centre and the state of compromising the state’s boundary with Myanmar. 

However, they remained silent on the issue of boundary pillars and actively worked against the interest of the Manipuri people by sacrificing land to Myanmar, he further alleged.

Earlier, sitting Congress legislator and former Speaker of Manipur Assembly N Lokehswor, speaking at a public function in his constituency, hit out at the BJP-led coalition for failing to keep its word, while alleging that the Prime Minister is going to inaugurate “incomplete projects” during his visit to Manipur on Friday.

Among others, the Dolaithabi Barrage Project, which was included in the list of projects to be inaugurated by Prime Minister, is yet to be completed, he said.

The Dolaithabi Barrage Project is located within Khundrakpam Assembly constituency in Imphal East district where the former Speaker was elected for the third consecutive term. 

He alleged that chief minister N Biren Singh had, on many occasions, proudly announced that unlike the previous Congress government, his government will not inaugurate incomplete projects.

“The plan to inaugurate the project is nothing but breaking of promises by the present government,” Lokeshwor stated. He added that people of his constituency would not accept it.

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