While Manipur is burning, the prime minister is silent, the home minister is ineffective, and the chief minister is non-functional, he said.
Ramesh said that to move ahead, the chief minister should be replaced immediately.
Then, he said, two fundamental steps need to be taken — disarm all armed groups ruthlessly without any discrimination and begin the process of creating an atmosphere of trust, harmony and reconciliation.
Ramesh said former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh took 10 years to restore some semblance of order and then the process of development was started.
“We live in hope that Manipur which was an example of unity through diversity in India is brought back to the path of normalcy at the earliest,” he asserted.
Ramesh’s remarks come a day after the Congress said peace in violence-hit Manipur is not possible under Chief Minister N Biren Singh and demanded that the prime minister replaces him immediately.