Congress leader Jairam Ramesh speaks during the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Manipur, Jan 15, 2024.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh speaks during the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Manipur, Jan 15, 2024.(Photo | ANI)

People are asking us why PM Modi has not visited Manipur: Congress' Jairam Ramesh

The Congress MP questioned the rationale behind PM Modi's choice to abstain from visiting the state grappling with ethnic violence, asserting that Manipur has witnessed a governance vacuum for the past eight months.

IMPHAL: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who is with Rahul Gandhi in Manipur for 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' said that people are asking us why PM Modi has not visited Manipur.

The second day of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra resumed from Imphal West in Manipur in the early hours of Monday.
Jairam Ramesh told ANI that Rahul Gandhi listened to the pain of the people in Manipur.

"People are asking us why PM Modi has not visited Manipur? Everyone wants Rahul Gandhi to raise this issue in parliament and ask the PM to come to Manipur and meet the people. You can see how many people have gathered here. Rahul ji listened to the pain of those who are not able to go to school and colleges and those who are still in relief camps," he said.

He further asserted that everyone in the violence-hit state wants a strong government. "There is no governance here since last 8 months. Two ministers here are working online; they are not even in Manipur. Everyone wants a government--a sensitive government and a strong government. This is also the question that you have the mandate; your party is in power here and in Delhi. You consider yourself a double-engine government; then why are the people in pain?" he added.

The Yatra will be halted in Nagaland at night after it started from Sekmai, then will go to Kangpokpi and then Senapati in Manipur.

Meanwhile on Sunday, party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi flagged off the yatra from Manipur's Thoubal. The yatra will cover over 6,700 kilometres over 67 days, traversing through 110 districts.
The leaders and workers of the party paid a silent tribute to the people killed in the violence in the state before the start of the yatra.

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that his party started the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra to ensure justice to the people as they are facing a period of 'great injustice' in the country.

"The questions arose- why the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. It is because we are going through a period of great injustice in India. It is of all kinds - social, political and economical," Rahul Gandhi said after launching his yatra from Manipur's Thoubal.

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