RK Kaiku pledges to uphold indigenes’ interest

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th Apr: The flag hoisting ceremony cum election manifesto release programme of independent candidate RK Somendro (Kaiku) was held at his Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai residence here on Friday.
A public meeting was also organised at THAU Ground during which his election manifesto was released before a gathering of people from different walks of life.
In his brief address, Kaiku affirmed that if elected with the people’s blessing then he will dedicate self for the masses’ wellbeing and to put the state on the path of prosperity.
He also vowed to implement visions listed in the manifesto.
The single-page manifesto contains pledge to work for honourable settlement of the Indo-Myanmar border dispute, total repealing of the draconian Armed Forces’ Special Powers Act, restoration of special category status to Manipur, defy the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, employment generation for the youth, initiate projects for welfare and empowerment of women, wellbeing of senior citizens, special focus on infrastructure development in the agricultural sector, fight corruption, involve Manipuri diaspora in the state’s development, etc.
Stating that his manifesto deliberately omitted tall promises that other candidates and political organisations normally mention, as he believes in giving commitment to resolving state-specific issues, Kaiku expressed confidence that the people will back his ideals to bring positive changes in the society as well as in the developmental front. Earlier, the independent candidate told media persons at his residence that he is well aware about misinformation campaign and rumours being spread by some deceitful people that he is contesting the polls as a bogus candidate of a political organisation.
Clarifying that his intention to join electoral politics is basically based on serving the people and contribute his mite in redressing various issues besetting the state, Kaiku suggested that whoever is involved in the false propaganda should abstain from such devious tactics.
Further stating that the various issues plaguing Manipur merit election of a serious representative and not someone who would simply wait for orders of the political masters in New Delhi when any crisis grips the state, he stressed that electoral politics in a multi-ethnic state like Manipur should be centred on healthy, accommodative and meaningful debates.
In case politicians or public figures live under the impression that the people could be taken for a ride with lofty promises then a time will definitely come when people decide to teach a befitting lesson to such political scoundrels, he cautioned.
Reiterating that he has neither political affiliation nor backing of any party or individual to polarise the voters as rumours are being spread, Kaiku said he planned to join electoral politics some two years back and decided to take the plunge through a series of consultations with colleagues, elders and like-minded citizens.
As history is evidence that politicians were not taken seriously by the people as they often betrayed the masses it is high time that politician aspirants abandon the path of low level politics, refrain from hate speeches and divisive politics so as to restore the people’s collective faith upon elected representative, he said.


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