Imphal: The Coordinating Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of Manipur-based militant outfits, has called for a boycott of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit in the state on Tuesday.

In a press statement issued on Sunday, CorCom announced its decision to boycott PM Modi’s visit on January 4 in Manipur, while imposing a state-wide total shutdown with effective from 1 am on January 4 till the departure of the prime minister.

However, medical emergency, water services and rituals will be exempt from the purview of the shutdown, it said.

“Modi’s visit is related to Manipur Assembly elections scheduled for early 2022. The visit is just a smoke-screen and a weapon to mislead the international community with claims of India being the world’s largest democracy,” the CorCom statement said.

CorCom also accused India of “occupying a large space at the United Nations through this deception” and said that the proposed visit of the Prime Minister is “not to facilitate growth in the state or to grant human rights, which the people of a democratic nation rightly deserve”.

“Central leaders visiting Manipur from time to time to continue its conquest of the state is nothing new,” alleged the group.

CorCom also voiced its concerns over the upcoming assembly elections and frequent visits of central leaders in the state amid the pandemic, more importantly during the COVID-19 variant Omicron being detected in the state.

It also alleged that democracy exists by name only in Manipur and a draconian law like Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, has been imposed in the state.

Many political parties in Manipur use the AFSPA as a poll-plank and propaganda during election time, added CorCom.

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