STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL9th Apr: Like in various other states, Congress legislators, party leaders and workers in Manipur staged a day-long fasting cum sit-in-demonstration to extend solidarity to All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi, who launched fasting stir on Monday.
The protest programme held in front of Congress Bhawan, BT Road here was led by MPCC president TN Haokip during which a large banner inscribed with the words ‘save democracy’, ‘stop killing of innocent protesters’ was put on display.
Speaking to newspersons on the side-lines of the fasting, TN Haokip alleged that under the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre marginalised section of the society, including Dalits and socio-economically weak people, feel highly insecure.
The Congress president conveyed that the democratic agitation was also staged in 28 states and seven union territories as per the directive of the AICC.
The state Congress chief lamented that in-spite of tall promises of uplifting the socio-economic condition of the marginalised groups of people; the BJP regime has been undermining interest of common people.
Further claiming that the BJP has been rapidly losing its foothold across the country due to anti-people policies and politics, TN Haokip maintained that the BJP’s performance would be laid bare in the 2019 parliamentary elections.
For the Congress party, serving the poorest of the poor and economically unprivileged communities remains the motto, he added.
Former deputy CM, MLA Gaikhangam explained that the fasting stir is held as per directive of the AICC leaders to denounce the present government’s failure to shield the weaker sections of the society from communal forces.
While contending that the BJP government is pursuing a covert policy which is detrimental to provisions of the Indian Constitution that envisage protection and welfare of the marginalised people, he charged the BJP of abetting communal enmity, subjugating rights of the minority communities and discrimination on the lines of religion and faith.
The saffron party’s hostile acts and reactions whenever any objection is raised by individuals or organisations on policy matters of the government clearly testifies that the BJP does not believe in the cherished principles of freedom of speech and expression, he said.
Likening the BJP rule to dictatorship and intentional suppression of rule of law, Gaikhangam opined that all anti-people and anti-democratic activities of the present regime are comparable to informal declaration of ‘emergency’ in the country.
During the protest, placards/banners demanding safeguard of minority communities, promote communal harmony, denunciation of atrocities committed against the weaker sections, etc., were put up.
A similar protest cum fasting stir was also held Sagolband Tera Loukham Leirak community hall and was participated by Congress leaders and workers from Patsoi, Lamsang, Konthoujam and Sekmai units of the party.
Among others, Patsoi MLA AK Mirabai took part in the protest which was organised by Imphal West District Congress Committee.
KAKCHING: As part of the nation-wide protest launched by Indian National Congress against denial of rights to Dalits of the country, Congress workers of Kakching, Wabagai, Sugnu and Hiyanglam staged hunger strike at Hiyanglam Lai Panganba Market Shed on Monday.
The protest organised by Kakching District Congress Committee, was participated by MLAs K Ranjit, Md Fajur Rahim, president of Kakching District Congress Committee E Manglemba, member of MPCC Naorem Kobit along with workers and party sympathisers.
E Manglemba informed that the protest was organised against the killing of nine Dalit protesters during a demonstration staged to demand their rights in UP recently, as well as to bring communal harmony in the country.
Placards inscribed with slogans like ‘Save Democracy,’ ‘Stop Killing Innocent Protester,’ ‘INC Stands for Protection of All Indians,’ ‘We Stand for Weaker Section,’ ‘Constitution Protects All,’ ‘Maintain Communal Harmony,’ ‘We are All Indian,’ ‘We are One,’ etc were used during the protest.
Imphal East: Taking a jibe at the BJP government’s claim of improving relationship between hills and valley in the state and bringing unity, ex-MLA of Kshetrigao AC Md Amin Shah has asserted that the recent incident of some people raising objection against construction of house in one’s own land has shown the farcical claim of unity by the government.
The ex-MLA was speaking during a sit-in protest staged in support of the rights of Dalits organised by Imphal East District Congress Committee at Madanmohan Mandop along Imphal-Yairipok road on Monday. Congress members and workers from Kshetrigao, Thongju, Keirao and Andro ACs participated in the protest.
Amin Shah questioned the BJP government how it is claiming to have developed better ties between hills and valley and bringing unity among the different communities, and added that it was unfortunate that the residents of Nagaram raised strong opposition against construction of a house in one’s own land citing restrictions under customary law.
Even though claims and ideas of the BJP government in all over the country are ideal for a united and peaceful country, the ground reality is far from bringing unity and equality in the society. Several Dalit protesters were beaten up mercilessly under the BJP government, he said, and alleged that the NDA government is trying to suppress the voice of minorities, Muslims and Christians. He also said that Congress as a secular party will always stand for the rights of the oppressed people.
Imphal East District Congress Committee president N Ajit, PCC member K Tombi, block presidents and workers of Mahila & Youth Congress were also present during the protest.
BISHNUPUR: Following the instruction of All India Congress Committee and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee; Bishnupur District Congress Committee staged a sit-in-protest on Monday from 1 pm to 4pm at the public hall of Nambol Sabal Leikai. The protest was participated by members of Bishnupur District Congress Committee, six Block Congress Committees, Mahila Congress and Youth Congress beside Congress workers from 6 assembly constituencies.
Among others the protest was also participated by Bishnupur District Congress Committee president Kh Ranbir Singh, MLA Govindas Konthoujam, MLA N Loken, Ex-MLA Dr I Ibohalbi Singh, Ex-MLA M Prithviraj, PCC member Kh Amita Singh, conveyed Bishnupur DCC secretary Th Beikul Singh in a statement.