Manipur Congress seeks removal of Union Minister Pratima Bhowmick

It charged the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment with inciting clashes among the workers of the Youth Congress and the BJP Yuva Morcha on January 6 night in Imphal.

The Congress in Manipur has demanded the removal of Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhowmick on charges of inciting clashes among the workers of the Youth Congress and the BJP Yuva Morcha on January 6 night in Imphal.

The demand was made by All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Bhakta Charan Das, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Loken and other State party leaders.

Some Yuva Morcha members had burned the effigies of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in front of the party office which had reportedly led to the clashes. The Youth Congress members charged that police pickets which had become permanent features were deserted and the personnel came back much later. Besides they remained mute spectators, it was alleged. Police denied it, saying that they separated the two groups.

BJP Youth Morcha president Barish Sharma said that they burnt the effigies in protest against the security lapses during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab. However, H. Goswami of the Congress said that the BJP members kicked the locked gate of the Congress office and shouted slogans. A complaint has been lodged with the city police station against the BJP members, alleging that they pushed around the Congress members, including women.

Mr. Das said, “It is very unconstitutional on the part of the Union Minister to have set the effigies on fire like this. The Prime Minister should take action against her”. Mr. Loken said, “The BJP leaders are indulging in such objectionable activities since it is clear that the party cannot come to power after the March poll. In any way, the BJP will not come to power”.

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