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IMPHAL: Even as the economic blockade on both the highways leading to Manipur continues, there seems to be a spill-over effect in other landlocked regions of northeast India – both Tripura and Mizoram are witnessing scarcity of fuel for a week after the centre asked Indian Oil Corporation to shift the route of sending fuel tankers to Imphal on priority, leaving the main fuel loading terminal in Guwahati to delay its load for other northeastern states.
With hundreds of fuel-laden trucks stranded, the BJP is blaming the Congress government in Manipur for the mess.
"Centre has provided security forces to Manipur government in time and it is up to the state government to use force or have dialogue to resolve the crisis but Manipur Chief Minister is playing politics over the issue and wants the deadlock to continue to get political gains," said BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.
After the centre asked for maintaining fuel supplies to trouble-torn Manipur on priority, Indian Oil Corporation Limited had to make operational changes in its supply that has perhaps led to a shortage of petrol, diesel and cooking gas supply to two other states – Tripura and Mizoram, which are equally landlocked like Manipur.