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Manipur violence: 20 MPs from Opp alliance INDIA to visit state this weekend

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Mahua Maji, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and others wear black clothes to mark a protest against the Manipur violence and demanding discussion over it at the Parliament premises during the Monsoon Session, in New Delhi on July 27, 2023. [Photo: ANI]

New Delhi: A group of MPs from the opposition alliance INDIA will visit Manipur on July 29 and 30 to assess the situation in the northeastern state which has been engulfed in ethnic violence since May 3.

The delegation of more than 20 opposition MPs will visit Manipur this weekend and will take a first-hand account of the situation in the state, Congress whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore told PTI.

The news agency report quoting sources said that one MP each from the INDIA bloc parties or their representatives are expected to be part of the delegation.

The delegation will visit both the valley and the hill regions of the state and meet different communities there. They will also visit some relief camps.

TMC’s Sushmita Dev, JMM’s Mahua Maji and NCP’s Vandana Chavan are likely to be part of the delegation.

Earlier, the opposition bloc had wanted a delegation of chief ministers to visit the state but the idea was dropped due to logistical issues, the report said quoting sources.

The opposition bloc had been demanding that a delegation of their leaders be allowed to visit the state but till now they had been denied permission in view of the situation there.

The northeastern state of Manipur has been engulfed in ethnic violence since May 3, in which more than 160 people have lost their lives.

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