Ibobi Singh plays ‘Kuki-districts’ card to stall BJP march in Manipur
The politics of Manipur – especially in the run up to the assembly polls – is giving a clearer message that the divide between the hills and the valley is getting wider by the day. In effect this means – the differences between Meitei natives and the Nagas in the hills would only increase further. The Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has all the virtues of a surviving political animal – a shrewd, well calculative and even ruthless.
In power since 2002, Ibobi had braved through serious political challenges more than once. In 2010 – faced with a serious internal revolt within Congress, he played up an emotive card and disallowed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) faction leader Thuingaleng Muivah’s visit to his native village.
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