Congress MP Rahul Gandhi blamed the BJP-led Centre for creating deep divisions in Manipur, stating that it may take at least five years to bring the northeastern state back on its feet. Gandhi, during his visit to Kerala, recounted the harrowing experience he had during his visit to violence-hit Manipur, where he witnessed the aftermath of murders and houses being burnt. He compared the situation in Manipur to someone throwing kerosene and setting it on fire. Gandhi emphasized the need to stop the violence immediately.
Furthermore, he mentioned that his delegation was threatened before entering Meitei and Kuki areas, where they had to remove security personnel who belonged to the opposite community to ensure safety. He stated that there is a complete divide in Manipur, with bloodshed, murder, and rape occurring throughout the state. Gandhi stated that it took two months to break Manipur, and it may take five years to rebuild it.
In his address, Gandhi criticized the BJP for using politics of division, hatred, and anger. He expressed his concern for the people of Manipur and stressed the importance of healing the wounds inflicted on the state. He assured that the Congress party will make a difference and work towards rebuilding Manipur.
Gandhi concluded by saying that anyone who “murders” the idea of India cannot truly love India.