‘Congress will return to power at centre, state after LS polls’
IMPHAL, 28th Dec: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president N Haokip has expressed firm belief that the Congress party will be back in charge at both the centre and in the state after the 17th Lok Sabha election, which is due to be held in April or May 2019.
He made the statement at the 133rd Foundation Day celebration of Indian National Congress (INC) organised by MPCC at Congress Bhawan here Friday.
The state Congress chief continued that the strong united movement of the workers of Congress party in the upcoming LS elections would not only defeat BJP but also see the return of Congress governments at the Centre and in the state.
Accusing the NDA-government led by Narendra Modi of renaming projects initiated by the Congress government instead of introducing new scheme or project as their own, he contended that rechristening the erstwhile Total Sanitation Campaign launched by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru into Swachh Bharat Mission was done deliberately as the BJP felt the originals were promoting the Congress party.
Recounting about formation and history of INC, TN Haokip said that British Civil Officer AO Hume first set up INC in 1885 with Umesh Chandra Banerjee as its first President. Mahatma Gandhi and many other leaders along with the Congress played a pivotal role in India’s Freedom struggle. After independence, Congress headed the government for a total of 54 years, he added.
In his speech as chief guest, CLP leader Okram Ibobi said that the BJP led-NDA government will not be able to provide proof initiating any new project though it has been in power for over 4 years. People are now aware of the lies spewed by the Narendra Modi-led government, as had been shown by the public mandate in the recently conducted elections in five states, he added.
The major battlefield states for Congress party in the upcoming election are Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. In the remaining states, however, the victory will be decided by the alliances forged with the regional parties, most of which are no longer leaning towards BJP. As such, efforts must be taken up to ensure that Congress candidates win both the Inner and outer seats in the state, Ibobi stressed.
The former chief minister continued that during the PM’s last visit to Manipur, he (Narendra Modi) called him a ‘10 percent Chief Minister’. However, the people are now aware what percentage the present government is. He then questioned the achievements of the coalition government in the state, while remarking that during the UPA’s time, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh translated into action all that was promised, which include upgrading MU to central university and laying foundation for Railway project with more than 80 percent of the work having been completed before the change of government.
He further said that the National Sports University announced by NDA was passed by the parliament after four years, while some bills are being introduced only now. Union minister Nitin Gadkari had announced a package of Rs 22,000 crore for development of the National Highways but no work is being seen till date. It is yet to be ascertained what additional changes have been made to the Imphal-Moreh highway when compared to its past condition, he maintained. “BJP government loves announcing projects and promises but always falls short when translating them to action”, remarked Ibobi.
Stating that BJP tried to take credit for constructing Luwangpokpa cricket field by inaugurating it through the Prime Minister although the previous Congress Government had finished the construction more than 7/8 years ago; he questioned what more drama is BJP playing by making the PM inaugurate more ‘stolen’ projects especially at the end of their term.
The BJP-government in the state also has failed to deliver effectively the many schemes it has announced. The CMHT health scheme introduced by the Chief Minister has failed to provide free tests or medicines on a timely basis. Furthermore, all funds to the state under the UPA government’s national rural health mission have been halted, pushing many Hospitals to the brink of shutdowns, as they do not even have the money to buy cottons, Ibobi observed.
Former Deputy CM Gaikhangam, who attended as guest of honour, said that the BJP-led government in the state, which was formed hastily and void of technicalities, would not last two full years. Even now, the government has become a divided house. In the state’s context, MLAs who had left and joined BJP are unable to return to Congress party, even if they want to. BJP’s ideology, which is entrenched with fascism and Nazism, is no longer acceptable to the people, an example of which had been shown by the election results of the five states, he remarked.
As the NDA government’s ways has not only caused divisions and threatened Indian democracy but has also misled the Supreme Court, 22 other political parties have come together and taken up steps to save the country from BJP in the upcoming election, Gaikhangam conveyed.
During the function, floral tributes were offered to the departed leaders of MPCC, followed by felicitation of MPCC’s Seva Dal, which was awarded the second position in the nationwide blood Donation camp.