Manipur elections 2017: Congress supported Naga insurgents in their demand for Nagalim cause, says Ram Madhav

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New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2017 8:32:45 PM

Ahead of the upcoming Manipur assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav, in an interview to ISTV said that the state's Congress party has supported the Naga insurgents in their demand for the Nagalism cause in 1972 and 2005.

Ram Madhav, in an interview to ISTV said that the state's Congress party has supported the Naga insurgents in their demand for the Nagalism cause in 1972 and 2005. (Twitter/@BJP4Manipur)Ram Madhav, in an interview to ISTV said that the state’s Congress party has supported the Naga insurgents in their demand for the Nagalism cause in 1972 and 2005. (Twitter/@BJP4Manipur)

Ahead of the upcoming Manipur assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav, in an interview to ISTV said that the state’s Congress party has supported the Naga insurgents in their demand for the Nagalism cause in 1972 and 2005.

As country’s eastern state gears up for the assembly polls next month, social activist Irom Sharmila had filed her nomination on behalf of People’s Resurgence & Justice Alliance (PRAJA). She had stated on ending her fast that she wants to find a solution to the problems that people are facing in Manipur.

The ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ will now be contesting the state’s Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of Congress for the Thoubal Assembly seat. Her party will be contesting for three seats in the upcoming polls in the 60 member assembly. There has been much speculation about her decision to end her fast and plunge into active politics.

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While candidates from BJP and Congress have chosen to campaign on foot or car, Sharmila will be using a cycle to seek support for her party. The party is also undertaking online crowdfunding to raise funds for the election.

While the major issues of the Manipur elections are territorial integrity and economic blockades by tribal groups, BJP and Congress will be expecting a close fight for the upcoming poll. And as the state faces major problems of unemployment with 8,00,000 educated unemployed youths, none of the parties had yet stressed on the issue as a part of the campaign.

However, the campaigning of the political parties are slowly picking up as the dates for the two-phase elections near. While Congress will be looking to form the government for the fourth time in the state, Parliamentary Secretary V Valte and Nemcha Kipgen, the lone tribal woman MLA had quit the party to join BJP.

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