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Rahul Gandhi Criticizes Lack of Progress in Conflict-Ridden Manipur

New Delhi: During a recent visit to the troubled state of Manipur, Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, voiced his concern over the ongoing violence and the absence of significant improvement in the region. He also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not visiting the state to assess the situation firsthand.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Gandhi made these remarks while speaking to reporters in Imphal, following his visits to relief camps in Churachandpur, Moirang, and Jiribam, and a meeting with the Manipur governor, Anusuiya Uikey. He expressed deep disappointment, noting, “It’s the third time I have come here since the problem started and it has been a tremendous tragedy. I was expecting some improvement in the situation but I was disappointed to see that the situation is still nowhere near what it should be.”

During his visit, Gandhi interacted with displaced individuals and listened to the harrowing accounts of those affected by the conflict, which has resulted in over 200 deaths, mostly among Christians, and displaced more than 60,000 people since May of the previous year. He described the ethnic divide between the Kukis (Christian-dominated) and Meiteis (Hindu-majority) as a significant tragedy, stressing the urgent need for peace and government action to address the crisis.