RSS chief speaks out on Manipur conflict; Highlights urgency in post-election address

In his initial remarks following the announcement of the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasized that resolving the ethnic conflict in Manipur should be a top priority.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasized the need for a swift resolution to the ongoing conflict in Manipur during an event in Nagpur, Maharashtra, on Monday. Addressing the gathering, Bhagwat highlighted the prolonged unrest in Manipur. "It's been a year since Manipur has been waiting for peace. The state remained peaceful for the last 10 years, but suddenly, gun culture has increased in the state again. It is important to resolve the conflict on priority," he stated, underscoring the critical need for immediate action.

Post-Election Reflections

In his first remarks following the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, Bhagwat reflected on the election process, calling it a means of building consensus. "Election is a process of building consensus. Such a system is in place so that both aspects of any question are presented in the Parliament," he explained.

Condemnation of Campaign Tactics

Bhagwat also condemned the negative tactics often employed during election campaigns. "The way in which people abuse each other, misuse technology, spread fake news, during election campaigns is not right," he said, urging a move away from divisive strategies. "We will have to get rid of the election frenzy and think about the issues faced by the country," he added.

Ethnic Conflict in Manipur

The ethnic conflict between the Meiteis of Imphal valley and the hill-based Kukis has escalated over the past year, resulting in more than 200 deaths and displacing thousands. Bhagwat's call for peace highlights the severity and urgency of the situation, stressing the need for a focused and immediate resolution to restore stability in the region.