BJP delegation meets PM, demands President`s Rule

A BJP delegation today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey its concern over the situation in Manipur-caused by the nearly three-month economic blockade-and demanded imposition of President`s Rule in the state.

Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 13:23 PM IST

New Delhi: A BJP delegation today met
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey its concern over the
situation in Manipur-caused by the nearly three-month economic
blockade-and demanded imposition of President`s Rule in the
state.

The BJP delegation, comprising of Leader of Opposition
in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun
Jaitley and party president Nitin Gadkari, met Singh along
with some party leaders from Manipur. They informed him that
the situation in the state was grave.

"While apprising the Prime Minister about the situation
in Manipur, which is not only sensitive but also dangerous, we
made some demands. Prices of essential commodities have
sky-rocketed, petrol and diesel being sold at arbitrary
prices, potatoes and vegetable prices are so high that even
the rich cannot afford them," Swaraj told reporters after the
meeting.

She maintained that it is beyond comprehension how the
government in Manipur has stayed a mute spectator while the
situation has continued to deteriorate for such a long time.

"So we have demanded that first of all, dismiss the
government there and impose President`s Rule in the state,"
Swaraj said.

Manipur, where elections are due in a few months, has
been facing an economic blockade due to protests. As a result,
essential commodities are not reaching the people.

"Secondly, we suggested that under your leadership you
should take an all-party delegation to Manipur and sit and
talk to the people there. They need a human touch," she said.

PTI