Guwahati, April 8, 2019
After reports of the insurgent group Kuki National Army (KNA) threatening the Manipur village heads of ensuring “90 per cent votes in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” went viral in the social media platforms, the netizens have come down heavily against the incumbent BJP.
Twitteratis slammed the government and said that “this is the real face of the leaders of BJP/RSS”, “the BJP trying to befool the public to be in power”. Some even wrote, “In Arunachal in districts like Tirap, Changlang and Longding, the Naga group NSCN IM has been alleged of working for BJP”.
1/ An armed insurgent outfit in Manipur wrote to BJP president Amit Shah informing him that the outfit would be greatful if H S Benjamin Mate is fielded as BJP candidate from outer Manipur.
Our "nation first party" obliged the request gleefully.
Story didn't end there pic.twitter.com/AdL5gnnl2s
— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) April 7, 2019
Earlier in the month of February, two Manipuri insurgent groups Zomi Re-unification Organization (ZRO) and Kuki National Organization (KNO) had dashed off a letter to the national president of BJP, Amit Shah requesting him to give a ticket to their favoured candidate HS Benjamin Mate for the Outer Manipur Parliament seat. The letter was shared on social media platforms. The BJP, however, went on to give the ticket to Mate.
Post the filing of the nomination now, reports are doing the rounds that the Commander of the KNA, Thangboi Haokip has threatened the village heads in Moreh to ensure that 90 per cent votes are cast in favour of the BJP. The insurgent leader has further threatened of dire consequences if they fail to do so, as reported by News18.