Cong leaders ridicule GTV, announce protests over BP issue

IMPHAL, 11th July: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) is all set to launch a series of protest over the boundary issue covering all assembly constituencies in the valley areas of the state from Thursday. Meanwhile, former Dy CM Gaikhangam asked the BJP government to ‘Go to Delhi’ and seek funds for the state instead of wasting manpower and time in ‘Go to Village’ mission.

Speaking as chief guest during inauguration of a multipurpose community hall and Ireima market complex at Sagolmang in Khundrakpam AC, former chief minister O Ibobi maintained that Congress is still standing for the territorial integrity of the state and it will continue to fight for it. The party will launch a series of protest meets over the boundary issue in different constituencies of the valley areas of the state ahead of the ensuing monsoon session of state assembly.

Regarding the GTV mission of the Biren government, the CLP leader said that the mission is a waste of time and resources as it does not bring anything new. According to government officials, the only thing it does is to fill up forms for some schemes and distribution of LPG connections under PMUY, which do not require separate camps. In fact, some farmers from village areas have even expressed discontentment against the mission camps stating that it wastes their precious times, which they could have utilised in their farms.

The previous government of Congress took the decision to build district hospitals at Sagolmang and Mayang Imphal after considering several factors including target population, which includes people of surrounding constituencies, who are yet to get proper healthcare facilities. However, the BJP government put its best efforts to shift the hospital from Sagolmang, he said, while terming it as an immature decision.

Land acquisition for taking up developmental works is a process, which the government could always achieve by persuading the public through proper understanding and it was unfortunate for the government to cite land dispute as the reason for shifting the hospital, he said. However, Congress wants to thank the BJP government for realising the reality and withdrawing its decision, he added.

Observing the changes seen in Khundrakpam assembly constituency, Ibobi praised MLA Th Lokeshwar as a deserving public leader, who is also diligent in bringing development in his constituency. On the other hand, Gaikhangam asked the government not to indulge in dividing hills and valley in the name of bringing development. The Congress government did its best to bring development at par all over the state and there was no enmity between hills and valley. Unfortunately, leaders of the present government do not talk about unity and integrity among the different communities. GTH and GTV missions themselves are examples of treating the hills and valley differently, he added.

Hitting out against the GTV mission while terming it as waste of time and resources, the former Dy CM asked the government to put more attention to ‘Go to Delhi’ to bring additional funds to address the financial shortage of the state. Employees of several departments are being denied their monthly salaries for around five months. During the Congress rule, the state government left no stone unturned to seek additional funds for the welfare of the state. Central government is the guardian of the state government and it is their responsibility to solve crisis in the state. It is obvious for the state to seek assistance from the Centre to address its problems. Unfortunately, the BJP government in the state does not have the courage to get those assistance, he said. MLAs Th Lokeshwar, Kh Joykisan, Ak Mirabai, K Meghachandra and Dr Chaltonlien Amo also attended the event.

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