Manipur polls 2017: What Congress has not done in 15 years, BJP will do in 15 months, says PM Modi
Congress and BJP are the two main players in the election fight. Congress has fielded 59 candidates and BJP 60.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted chief minister Okram Ibobi-led Congress government in Manipur, at an election rally in Imphal West district's Langjing Achouba area.
PM Modi alleged that Congress, which has been in power for the last 15 years in the state, have done nothing. "They have ruined Manipur. What Congress has not done in 15 years, will do in 15 months," Modi said.
"Wherever, Congress is in power there is no development, there is only corruption. When Atal ji formed the government, he made policies for the overall development of Northeast. But Congress did not carry the good work forward," Modi said, addressing the rally.
Modi said: "Today, wherever Congress government is there, the state lacks progress. Every BJP governed state today is progressing at fast pace. People here aren't getting jobs on the basis of merits. One has to bribe to secure a job. This will end under the BJP."
State police had beefed up security measures to ensure that there was no law and order problem during the one-hour visit of the Prime Minister.
PM's rally was earlier scheduled at Kangla Fort but it was later shifted to Langing Achouba after Irom Sharmila's party raised objections.
Voting will be held on March 4 and 8 for the 60 Assembly seats. 266 candidates including ten women are in the fray.
Congress and BJP are the two main players in the election fight. Congress has fielded 59 candidates and BJP 60. Trinamool Congress has fielded 16, NCP 7, CPI 6 and CPI(M) two.
Among the regional parties, Naga People's Front has fielded 16 candidates and People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) one. Twenty-three Independents are also in the fray.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also visiting Imphal to campaign for the party on the 28th of this month.
Meanwhile, insurgent groups have imposed “curfew” in the north-eastern state today, boycotting PM Modi's visit. The Coordinating Committee (Corcom) that constitutes of six insurgent groups, in a statement, said that the shutdown in the entire state would start at 6 a.m. on February 25 and would be in place till the Prime Minister leaves the state capital, Imphal.