MPCC seeks to know whether central BJP leaders followed quarantine rules

MPCC vice-president Ratankumar also questioned the government if there are any separate and unwritten protocols for BJP leaders in the state.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) vice president Kh Ratankumar on Monday demanded swift investigation by the state health department on whether the BJP central leaders followed quarantine protocols when they reached Imphal.

Speaking at a press conference held at its state party office located at BT road, Imphal on Monday, Ratankumar also questioned the government if there are any separate and unwritten protocols for BJP leaders in the state.

To monitor the present political scenario of the state BJP leader, Himanta Biswas Sharma and Rajat Sethi came to Manipur last Thursday and departed on Saturday last. The MPCC has photographic evidence that the two BJP leaders met various state BJP leaders, he added.

Ratankumar questioned whether there are separate guidelines for BJP advisories or if there are any unwritten guidelines for the BJP party.

The department concerned should clarify immediately whether the two BJP leaders followed guidelines for COVID-19, Ratankumar asserted.

It is said that the BJP has been trying to turn the whole country into a corruption free nation but the BJP should disown partiality, he remarked. On Twitter, BJP leader Ram Madhav mocked the two Congress leaders for staying under quarantine when they visited the state. Being a BJP central leader, he should not do such cheap politics, Ratankumar said.

He stated that general secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC), Gourav Gogoi and former union minister Ajay Maken were not forcibly kept under quarantine but they voluntarily quarantined themselves by following protocols.

They reached Imphal International airport on Friday last in a charter plane after taking permission from the Manipur government, he said. The two of them have been quarantined at Imphal Hotel till date as per protocols of the government to avoid spread of COVID-19, he stated.

Even the state government provided securities for the two Congress leaders in the state, he said. The MPCC strongly condemned the BJP for showing partiality during the pandemic, he added.

First Published:June 22, 2020, 11:32 p.m.

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