New Delhi: BJP on Monday said despite the lifting
of the economic blockade in Manipur the situation there was
grim and demanded that the Centre make arrangements to airlift
essential commodities and medicines to the state as these were
in very short supply.
"The situation in Manipur is becoming worse day by day.
It is very serious. There are reports that fuel and essential
supplies there will last for only one more day. We demand that
the government airlift essential commodities, fuel and
medicines to the state within 24 hours," BJP spokesperson
Prakash Javadekar said.
The main opposition wondered why the UPA had not taken
any action to end the blockade which lasted 93 days.
"Is Manipur not a part of India.... Government has been
giving sermons but has not done anything," Javadekar said.
Javadekar, along with BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, will be leaving for Manipur tomorrow to
meet the locals there and learn about the condition of the
people. The team will spend three days in the state.
BJP has taken up the issue of economic blockade in the
poll-bound state in a big way. A party delegation led by
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and BJP
President Nitin Gadkari had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
sometime back to demand an end to the blockade.
"It is surprising that there is a ceasefire but yet the
rebels are toting guns while the armed forced have kept their
weapons under wraps," Javadekar said today.
He rued that petrol and LPG cylinders were being sold at
"unthinkable prices" in Manipur.