PM's promise to lift blockade kept, first win for BJP in Manipur
The BJP government in Manipur emerged the hero on Sunday, managing to bring to an end the economic blockade that was imposed for five months. "The economic blockade has crippled the north-eastern state. No blockade will be allowed once the BJP comes to power," Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said at an election rally in Langjing Achouba ground in February.
On the day N Biren Singh takes a floor test in the Manipur assembly, the BJP takes the credit for ensuring the end of a 130-day economic blockade which began as a protest against the formation of two hill districts by the previous Congress government. Biren Singh, Manipur's chief minister, told the media on Sunday that Modi's promise for Manipur had been fulfilled.
The decision to lift the economic blockade was announced after Naga leaders met representatives of the Centre and the state government on Sunday and the same was lifted from Sunday night. The agreement comes with a price of dropping all cases relating to the blockade against the Naga tribe leaders and students and unconditional release of the arrested United Naga Council leaders.