'Separate Guidelines?' Congress Asks If Assam Minister Followed Quarantine Norms During Imphal Visit

Imphal:

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 vp Kh. Ratankumar stated, “The visiting chief had public interplay and we’ve got photographic proof of it.”

He, nonetheless, didn’t point out the identify of Meghalaya Chief Minister and Nationwide Folks’s Social gathering (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 folks.

“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 below quarantine.

Mr Sangma, who can also be the nationwide president of the NPP, and Mr Sarma had flown to Manipur capital Sunday and returned the identical evening.

Mr Sarma can also be convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

They’d 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 stated. “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 scenario, 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 combat towards the novel coronavirus because the state’s well being minister, had stated 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,” stated Mr Sarma.

Manipur has been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 circumstances. The rely of infections jumped to 841 on Monday. A complete of 250 sufferers have recovered, leaving 591 lively circumstances. 

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