BJP on scribe’s arrest: Keep mum or face legal wrath

IMPHAL, 29th Dec: BJP Manipur Pradesh reminded all concerned that speaking about the case of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who has been arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) is sub judice since the matter in the court and it could invite criminal contempt from the court.
Addressing media persons at its temporary at Canchipur, BJP Manipur Pradesh spokesperson Ch Bijoy claimed that there are substantial evidences of Congress party abetting the issue regarding Kishorechandra’s detention and instigating others to criticise the government. There is no need for commenting or issuing statements in media about the NSA detention as it may influence the court judgment and cause disturbance in executing court process, he said.
Anybody who wants to know the reason behind detention of Kishorechandra under NSA may examine his Facebook timeline for the last one year, Bijoy suggested. He also wondered why Kishorechandra was fiercely opposed to the idea of celebrating Jhansi Rani’s birth anniversary by BJP at the party level but did not raise a single voice against Congress when the party celebrated birthday of Sonia Gandhi at Congress Bhawan.
Accusing the Congress party of blowing every issue out of proportion, he contended that the appreciation letter from AICC president Rahul Gandhi to MUTA president I Tomba following the MU row showcased that the Congress literally added fuel to fire in the MU issue right from the beginning. It was the first time that Rahul Gandhi sent such appreciation letter though the party chief never cared to commend its MLAs and ministers, he contended.
Reacting against a statement of former chief minister O Ibobi during the 133rd foundation day of the party, who credited 97 per cent of the projects inaugurated by the BJP were initiated during the Congress stint in the state, the BJP spokesperson said that BJP completed those projects, whose 97 per cent of funds were withdrawn by the Congress government. Since Congress has the habit of claiming credit of its good initiatives, the party should also have the audacity to own up its faults during the 15 years of rule, which include long economic blockade on national highways leading to price hike in essential commodities, more than 1500 cases of fake encounters, imposition of public curfew, corruption in job recruitments, scams of LDA & MDS, misappropriation of Rs 35 crore disaster management fund and tribal boys hostel fund among others, he said.
The former CM criticised CMHT but he does not know that the government had issued more than 1.5 lakh CMHT cards of which more than 48,000 beneficiaries have been transferred to Ayushman Bharat. So far three persons have been discharged from hospitals following treatment under the scheme and many are undergoing treatment in hospitals including private empanelled hospitals, he informed.
He then questioned the reason for the Congress MP to stage walk out from the House at the time of passing the Triple Talaq bill in the Parliament while alleging that the Congress party has been using the minority population as their vote banks. Even though the NDA government had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for setting up the country’s first national sports university, the Congress government in the state failed to commence the project due to controversies in land acquisition. However, the BJP government has shifted the site to Koutruk and Senjam Khunou and compound fencing construction has started. Congress is also trying to claim credit on the world’s longest railway bridge but they should know that the NDA government expedited the progress, which remained almost stagnant during the UPA rule. The rail bridge is also an important improvement in the country’s security in the eastern frontier, he added.
Bijoy also expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be announcing some special packages for the state during his visit on January 4. He then appealed to all to welcome the Prime Minister during his visit and participate in the rally.

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