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'I am here as your brother': Rahul Gandhi's 'peace' message for Manipur
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'I am here as your brother': Rahul Gandhi's 'peace' message for Manipur

| @indiablooms | 09 Jul 2024, 12:13 am

Imphal/IBNS: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is visiting violence-hit Manipur, had a message of "peace" for the people of the state after he visited relief camps.

"I want to tell Manipur, I come here as your brother. I want to work with you to bring back peace in Manipur," he said.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, while addressing a press briefing, claimed that there was not much improvement in the situation in the state: "It's the third time I have come here since the problem started and it has been a tremendous tragedy. I expected some improvement in the situation but was disappointed to see no marked improvement."

Rahul Gandhi landed at the Imphal airport this afternoon and visited the relief camps in Jiribam and Churachandpur districts and offered support to the victims of violence there.

He also called on Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey during his visit.

"We had a conversation with the Governor and we expressed to the Governor that we would like to help in whatever way we can. We also expressed our displeasure and we said that we are not happy with the progress that has taken place here," Gandhi said.

"I don't want to politicise the issue," he insisted.

He will stay in Imphal tonight and hold meetings with Manipur leaders.

This was Gandhi's third visit to the state and first, after the Lok Sabha elections, in which the Congress won both constituencies in the ethnic violence-hit state.

His first visit to take stock of the situation in the hill state came nearly two months after the violence when he visited Churachandpur, one of the worst-hit districts in the Manipur ethnic strife.

Gandhi's next visit came during the second leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Congress kicked off the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Manipur with a promise to "bring peace and harmony" to the ethnic violence-hit state.

Manipur's two Lok Sabha MPs - Angomcha Bimol Akoijam (Inner Manipur) and Alfred Kanngam S Arthur (Outer Manipur (ST) - and other senior party leaders including AICC General Secretary, KC Venugopal were accompanying Rahul Gandhi.

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