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PM Modi should pay heed to Bhagwat’s advice on Manipur, say oppn parties | India News


NEW DELHI: Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday said PM Narendra Modi should pay heed to the ‘advice’ of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and visit Manipur which has seen violence for over a year now, a day after Bhagwat said the situation in the strife-torn state must be considered a priority.
While Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said Bhagwat can perhaps prevail upon the “former RSS officebearer” to go to the northeastern state, independent MP Kapil Sibal said it is “not in DNA” of the PM to listen to advice of opposition but he should pay attention to the words of the RSS chief.
RJD functionary Tejashwi Yadav said Bhagwat has aired his concerns a bit too late and claimed that the Prime Minister has maintained “silence” on every crisis including Manipur.
“The PM, on his part, has merely kept silent on every crisis, be it violence in that state, or protests by farmers and female wrestlers in Delhi,” he said.
Manipur plunged into violence between the Meitei and Kuki communities in May last year. Since then some 200 people have been killed, while thousands have been displaced following large-scale arson that has gutted homes and govt buildings. Fresh violence has been reported from Jiribam over the past few days.
Taking a swipe at the PM,Ramesh in a post on X said, “If not the ‘one-third’ PM’s conscience or the repeated demands of the people of Manipur, perhaps Mr Bhagwat can prevail upon the former RSS office-bearer to go to Manipur.”
Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “ Bhagwat is saying so based on his experience. He must have said about the arrogance that is visible. Bhagwat’s remarks on Manipur after a year show that the differences between BJP and RSS, which were highlighted by JP Nadda, are evident now.”
Bhagwat on Monday expressed concern over peace eluding Manipur even after one year.
Addressing a gathering of RSS trainees in Nagpur, Bhagwat said conflict in various places and in society is not good.
Congress’ Gaurav Gogoi said he does not expect the prime minister to pay attention to Bhagwat’s words but people have chosen INDIA bloc to speak on their behalf.