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BJP will win Manipur election, says Shah

Imphal : The Congress is bound to lose the Manipur assembly election and the BJP is sure to take power, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said on Wednesday.

Addressing a meeting at Hafta Kangjeibung here, Shah said: “The non-performing and corrupt Congress government has to go. From the huge gathering here, I am confident there will be a BJP government in the state.”

Accompanying Shah to Imphal were HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma. Assembly elections are due in Manipur early next year.

There was no sign of development in Manipur although there was no shortage of funds, the BJP leader asserted.

“The CAG has established that the Manipur government cannot produce utilisation certificate for Rs 5,000 crore,” he said.

“As and when people start asking questions about this looted amount, the Congress shall not be able to face even the elections.”

Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said even before taking office, that the northeast should get special attention.

“Modi’s directive is that a central minister should visit the northeast region every 15 days. This is to ensure speedy development of the backward region.”

The entire northeastern region is to be brought on the rail map, Shah added. “The road connectivity is being extended to Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries.”

Sarma compared Manipur’s Chief Minister Okram Ibobi to former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Javedkar added: “Developmental funds have gone into private pockets.”

During his two-day stay, Shah and his team are expected to chalk out a strategy to wrest power in 2017.