Guwahati, April 7, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Manipur on April 7th, 2019 for campaigning despite boycott calls given by the outlawed Maoist Communist Party. Manipur goes to the polls on April 11th and 18th, 2019 for two Lok Sabha seats.
The Coordinating Committee (CorCom), an umbrella group of six insurgent outfits in Manipur, and a militant outfit, Maoist Communist Party, has imposed a 17-hour shutdown in the state on April 7th, 2019 to boycott Modi’s visit.
The CorCom and Maoists have accused the Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre of not doing enough to protect the indigenous people.
Security in and around Imphal city has been tightened to ensure that there is no untoward incident during the Prime Minister’s visit. The officials said that the state police has started round the clock search operations to prevent any unwanted activity.
The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila’s People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objection, citing the venue as a sacred place for the people of the state.