Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party’s Bihar spokesperson Vinod Sharma resigned on Thursday from the saffron party citing disappointment over the BJP’s handling of the Manipur crisis.
He further said that he has raised his voice against the women atrocities and resigned from the party.
He further said, “BJP speaks about Nari Sakhti, Beti Bachao, Hindu Rashtra, Sanatana Dharm… Is this the Sanatana Dharma we’re upholding? As a human being, I couldn’t tolerate this and raised my voice against this injustice…”
The violence in Manipur erupted after a rally by the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) on May 3 in protest against the proposed inclusion of people belonging to the Meitei community in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs).
A 26-second video from Manipur has triggered outrage in the whole country where two women were stripped naked, assaulted and paraded by a mob.
People familiar with the developments told news agency ANI that the Centre will also file an affidavit in Supreme Court requesting the trial of a viral video case to take place outside Manipur.
Only STs can buy lands in hilly areas. The majority Meitei community, which occupies the Imphal Valley and nearby areas, sought the ST status keeping in view their increasing population and increased requirement of land so that they could purchase lands in the hilly areas.
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Updated: 27 Jul 2023, 09:42 PM IST