Opposition Cong questions credibility of India Today’s award to Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 28 | Publish Date: 11/28/2020 11:40:53 AM IST

On what basis and criteria, India Today selected Manipur for the “Most Improved Small State (Overall) & Law and Order Awards” it has conferred, opposition Congress asked on Saturday.

Manipur bagged the ‘Most Improved Small State (Overall)’ & ‘Law and Order’ award at the India Today e-State of the States Conclave and Awards 2020 which was streamed live on Friday.

Claiming that conferring the award has confused people of the state, MPCC general secretary L Tilotama asked on what basis and criteria was Manipur selected for the award. 

The state is backtracking in administration, governance and economy. Recently, a Bangalore based forum had given a negative grade in the economy status of the state, the general secretary alleged.

The law and order situation of a state cannot be improved all of a sudden. It took time to bring back to normalcy the law and order, she said.

She alleged that in the recently concluded by-elections, militant groups under suspension of operation with the government had openly intimidated voters to cast votes in favour of a candidate of their choice.

The voting rights of the people were snatched by  militants under SoO at gunpoint. They had indulged in proxy voting in a rampant manner, she asserted.

She further asked can a state which failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic considered having a good administration and governance.

She said that apart from the pandemic, there was increased in incidents of rape of women and suicide among frustrated youths of the state under the BJP-led coalition government in the last three and a half year.

 “Is it a sign of improving law and order of the state,” the MPCC general secretary asked.

While demanding tabling a clear-cut basis and criteria in which India Today selected the state for the award, Tilotama asked whether the state for the award was chosen for its ability to instigate legislators to leave the party in which legislators were and encouraging legislators to shift loyalty or if the state was chosen for the award for increasing cases of drug trafficking and drug abuse.

The general secretary claimed that under the BJP-led coalition, there were lots of depressions among the general public, particularly youths due to the rising unemployment.

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