Kiren Rijiju urges Manipur CM Okram Ibobi to bring back normalcy in the state

The union minister has asked the chief minister to bring normalcy, by removing the economic blockade imposed by Naga groups.

Kiren Rijiju urges Manipur CM Okram Ibobi to bring back normalcy in the state

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday asked the Okram Ibobi-led Manipur government to bring back normalcy in the state, which has been reeling under violence in the last few day.

The union minister has asked the chief minister to bring normalcy, by removing the economic blockade imposed by Naga groups, spearheaded by United Naga Council,  on its highway as he embarks on a day-long visit to Manipur.


"There is a constitutional duty of the state government to bring back normalcy and they should ensure that there is no blockade along the highway," Rijiju told news agency, PTI.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs said the ground situation in Manipur continues to be worrisome and the Central government wants that law and order prevail in the state.

"I will talk to the state government and will try to find out a solution," he added.

He said the prices of essential commodities have gone up due to the economic blockade and people have been suffering a lot." So we want the problem to resolves as early as possible."

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sent a letter to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and asked him to “discharge the constitutional obligations with utmost promptness” as “maintaining law and order and essential supplies is the State’s responsibility.”

Kiren Rijiju told The Hindu that the Chief Minister was trying to create difficulties in the area. “The primary responsibility lies with the State government.”

“The primary responsibility lies with the State government and the Centre is not running away from its duties. The Chief Minister should not try to create such a situation that leads to difficult atmosphere in the whole area. We will be sending someone to Manipur to resolve the issue. I might also go there,” added Rijiju.