RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calls for peace in Manipur

Assam MP Gaurav Gogoi challenges PM Modi's response

NEW DELHI-   A day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called for peace in Manipur, Assam Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response, once again bringing to the fore Modi’s silence on the Manipur issue.

Expressing concern over the prolonged unrest in Manipur since the violence erupted in May last year, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat highlighted the urgent need to restore peace in the northeastern state.

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Addressing a gathering of RSS leaders and trainees in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Bhagwat stressed that the issue must be prioritised.

“Manipur has been waiting for peace for a year. Before this, it was peaceful for 10 years. It seemed that the old gun culture had ended. And suddenly the conflict that was created or instigated there is still burning in its fire, it is crying for help. Who will pay attention to this? It is our duty to consider it on a priority basis,” said the RSS chief.

After this statement of  chief, the Assam Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to the ongoing unrest in Manipur.

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In a statement posted on X, Gogoi expressed scepticism towards Modi’s willingness to address the concerns raised by Bhagwat. “I do not expect Prime Minister Modi to pay any attention to the words of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat,” Gogoi asserted, further accusing Modi of potential constitutional violations and misuse of law enforcement agencies.

Gogoi, who represents the Jorhat constituency, highlighted the role of the opposition-led INDIA alliance in defending democratic institutions. “Thankfully, the people have chosen the INDIA alliance to speak up on its behalf and defend the Indian Parliament and the Constitution,” he added.

PM Modi has faced repeated criticism from the opposition for his ‘silence’ on the situation in the northeastern state, which has been witnessing clashes since May last year between the Meitei and Kuki communities. The ethnic conflict between the Meities, who are in majority in the Imphal Valley, and the Kukis, who are dominant in a few hill districts, has so far claimed over 200 lives and led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people.


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