The Manipur Congress Monday demanded an investigation by the Well being division on whether or not the Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma adopted correct quarantine tips throughout his go to right here on Sunday.
Manipur Congress vice chairman Kh. Ratankumar mentioned, “The visiting chief had public interplay and now we have photographic proof of it.”
He, nevertheless, didn’t point out the identify of Meghalaya Chief Minister and Nationwide Individuals’s Occasion (NPP) chief Conrad Ok Sangma, who accompanied BJP’s Sarma to Imphal as a part of the patch-up efforts between the 2 NDA companions in Manipur.
The Manipur Congress chief questioned whether or not there are completely different quarantine insurance policies within the state for various individuals.
“Are there separate tips for political adversaries together with the Congress and unwritten tips for the BJP and any of their allies?” he requested.
He was referring to Congress leaders — Gaurav Gogoi and Ajay Maken — who too got here to the state final Friday, and had been straightway positioned beneath quarantine.
Mr Sangma, who can be the nationwide president of the NPP, and Mr Sarma had flown to Manipur capital Sunday and returned the identical evening.
Mr Sarma can be convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
That they had come to hammer out variations between the BJP and the NPP in Manipur. The state is witnessing a political disaster, triggered by resignation of 9 ruling BJP-led coalition MLAs, together with 4 NPP ministers, on Wednesday final week.
Mr Ratankumar claimed that earlier than coming to the state, Gogoi and Maken had adopted all formalities, together with taking approval from the airport for the “touchdown of chartered flight”.
“The leaders by no means met anybody” and went on to the Resort the place they’ve been quarantined, as per the prevailing SOP of the state, Mr Ratankumar mentioned. “It’s unlucky that they’re being alleged to have damaged quarantine protocols,” he informed reporters.
He accused the ruling authorities of being “partisan” and questioned the quarantine coverage of the state.
For Maken and Gogoi, who had come to the state to take inventory of the political state of affairs, Monday is the fourth day of quarantine of their respective rooms in an Imphal lodge, designated as institutional-quarantine centre.
Mr Sarma, who’s main Assam’s battle in opposition to the novel coronavirus because the state’s well being minister, had mentioned on Sunday he didn’t violate any COVID-19 tips.
“An individual who comes for a day-long go to is exempted from quarantine in each Assam and Manipur,” mentioned Mr Sarma.
Manipur has been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 instances. The depend of infections jumped to 841 on Monday. A complete of 250 sufferers have recovered, leaving 591 energetic instances.
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