Only Cong translates assurances into action: Mukul

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 20th Nov: Though all political parties publish their respective manifestoes and give various assurances to the public before any election, Congress is the only party that translate its assurances into action, claimed Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Mukul Sangma on Tuesday.
The former Meghalaya chief minister arrivved here on a two-day visit to gather information on issues for inclusion in the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
On Tuesday, Sangma, who is also member of AICC manifesto committee, chaired a manifesto consultation meeting at Hotel Imphal here. The meeting discussed various issues being faced by the state based on general categories of federalism, regionalism and migration, as well as opinions collected from public, traders, social activists and academicians.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Sangma said that his visit was part of the AICC’s ‘Agenda for Nation’ policy under which party leaders are visiting all the states to consult stakeholders and seek their opinions and suggestions for framing the manifesto.
The party has been successful in translating assurances it gave to the public and will sustain the tradition. Unfortunately, in recent years, the government seems to be ignoring the assurances it made to the public and sidelining the key issues. The policy is to meet the stakeholders directly and frame a better manifesto which the party could fulfil, he informed.
Sangma led a team of AICC consultation committee to Moreh on Monday and assessed the situation there. They met two trade organisations there and talked about their hardships. Further, the team met several stakeholders in Imphal on Tuesday and it has been able to collect opinions and suggestions from academicians, social activists and businessmen. The team has identified some key issues pertaining to the state. Boundary issue is one of the most important issues that needs immediate solution as it has the potential to affect border trade severely, he said.He further informed that the party will try to include certain policies in the manifesto to develop federalism spirit to reduce disparity among the states. Disparity in the policies for different states or region could also encourage a sense of separatism among the people, he opined, and added that the party will explore all angles to address such issues.
So far, Congress is the only party that translates its assurance into action. Unlike other parties, Congress has committees for monitoring, implementing and scrutinising the manifesto. Even if the assurances made earlier need certain changes to suit the changing scenario, the party always strives to ensure effectiveness in addressing the core issues, he claimed. Congress MLAs, PCC members, ex-MLAs and other key personalities attended the press conference.


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