AGARTALA- Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to visit the strife-hit Manipur, a senior party leader said on Monday. She is also expected to visit Tripura.
Sudip Roy Barman, Congress MLA, said he had spoken to Priyanka regarding her visit. “I have already spoken to our leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and she is scheduled to visit Manipur and Tripura very soon,” he told reporters at the state Congress headquarters in Agartala. He said Priyanka, while on her trip to the state, will visit Tripureswari temple in Gomati district.
Burman has recently been included in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) as a permanent invitee in a major party panel reshuffle. He is the first Congress leader from Tripura to be inducted into the CWC, the party’s top decision-making body.
A multi-party delegation of the Opposition’s Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) had on July 29 visited Manipur to assess the ground situation in the northeastern state. Ethnic violence broke out in Manipur nearly three months ago, killing over 181 people since then, and injuring hundreds.
The unrest erupted on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mainly in the hill districts.
The Centre handed over the probe of the violence to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). A 53-member team, including 29 women, was constituted to probe 11 cases relating to the violence.