Sushmita Dev writes to Home minister Amit Shah; says election campaigns in one state should not take precedence over the need to focus on another state
NEW DELHI: Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the turbulent situation in Manipur.
Stating that the people of Manipur are suffering from this diabolical situation, Dev wrote, “I am pained to say that the election campaign in one state should not take precedence over the need to focus on another state where the lives of people are in danger.”
“I seek your positive intervention in restoring peace in Manipur without any further delay in the greater interest of the people of Manipur, who are in a very, very dire situation,” she wrote.
Targeting, HM Shah, Dev, who was a former Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam, wrote, “You have shown such expeditious action in intervening in states where there is a non-BJP government in the name of law and order and sent in so many convoys and delegations from the centre to gauge the situation, meet the Governor, etc. So, I hope you will show the same fervour for Manipur even though it’s a government of the BJP in Manipur.”
The northeastern state of Manipur is tense following tribal protests. Around eight districts were affected due to the clash. The state government had imposed a curfew in the affected areas of the state, and the Army and Assam Rifles had been deployed to handle the situation.
On Wednesday, clashes between tribal groups and the dominant Meitei community broke out in the border area of Bishnupur and Churachandpur districts, where a tribal solidarity march was organised by the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM).
The move comes following the Manipur high court’s direction to the state government to consider the inclusion of Meitei as a Scheduled Tribe, which led to an outburst from the tribal community.
The Manipur government suspended mobile internet across the state for the next five days and clamped curfews under Section 144 CrPC in various districts with immediate effect.
A curfew has been imposed in non-tribal-dominated Imphal West, Kakching, Thoubal, Jiribam, and Bishnupur districts, and tribal-dominated Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, and Tengnoupal districts.