IMPHAL, Feb 28 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in their respective election rallies in Manipur today assured that their respective parties will safeguard the territorial integrity of Manipur at any cost. Manipur will go to polls on March 4 and 8 to elect the 60-member Assembly.
In his address at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal, Rahul Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reveal evidences, if any, before accusing the Chief Minister of Manipur of corruption charges.
Modi, in his February 25 rally in Imphal, claimed that to get any work done in Manipur, people have to pay 10 per cent commission alleging that jobs were categorized on the basis of �rates� of bribes.
Showing some of the documents, Gandhi demanded that there should be an investigation following the seizure of some alleged �official� notes found by the Income Tax Department that showed that some companies had made nine payments to Modi in 2014.
Countering Modi�s remark that people are made to live in darkness due to erratic power, he said, the Prime Minister is confused over the power reform model of Manipur which the UK Prime Minister had even termed as the best model after pre-paid power supply was introduced.
Accusing Modi for not fulfilling the works to be undertaken under the Centre�s 100 days programme, the visiting Congress MP denounced the demonetization move of the Central government.
Highlighting the sports and handicraft potentials, the AICC vice president also claimed that the Congress government in Manipur is taking the State forward in the developmental fronts.
Regarding the �Framework Agreement�, Gandhi claimed that only Modiji knows details of it. Even Union Ministers are not aware of it. He assured that his party will protect the territorial integrity of Manipur at any cost. Interestingly the Congress leader did not mention anything about the on-going three-month-long National Highway blockade by the UNC during his 25-minute Hindi speech.
Amit Shah addressed rallies at two places � Kangpokpi in Kangpokpi district and Moirang town in Bishnupur district. In both the places, Shah came down heavily on the ruling Congress party alleging that the Congress government in the State did not undertake any development works, not to speak of road and connectivity or drinking water supply, etc., during its 15-year rule.
He promised in his speech in Kangpokpi that the blockade will be lifted once the BJP comes into power, besides making Manipur a model State. �As assured by the Prime Minister, I assure that the territorial integrity of Manipur will not be compromised at any cost,� the BJP chief said.