In anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched the party’s massive outreach initiative, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, from Thoubal in Manipur on Sunday. The initiative aims to travel over 6700 kilometers through 15 states, from Manipur to Mumbai.
Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP harshly when he announced the Yatra, citing the recent ethnic riots in the state that left many people dead. “Maybe for Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS, Manipur is not part of India,” the Congress MP added, citing Manipur as an example of the BJP’s “politics of hatred.”
“After 29th June, Manipur wasn’t Manipur anymore, it got divided and hatred was spread everywhere, lakhs of people suffered loss. People lost their loved ones in front of their eyes. And till now, the Indian PM has not come here to wipe your tears and hold your hand. It is a shameful thing. Maybe for PM Modi, BJP and RSS, Manipur is not a part of India,” the Wayanad MP said.
He went on to say that “Manipur has lost what it holds precious because of BJP’s politics” and said that “governance infrastructure has failed in Manipur, and shameful that PM hasn’t visited the state” .
“I’m in politics since 2004 and for the first time I visited a place in India where the entire infrastructure of governance has collapsed,” the Congress leader said.