Gaikhangam calls CM ‘living Santidas Gosai’

IMPHAL, 6th Aug: Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who was recently appointed as a member of AICC’s CWC, said that chief minister Biren is now popularly known as ‘living Santidas Gosai’ though he used to be known as the ‘living Bir Tikendrajit’ during his stint in Congress. Speaking at a felicitation function organised by Thangmeiband Block Congress Committee on his induction in the CWC, at Langol Tarung village on Monday, Gaikhangam maintained that the BJP government has brought the state on the brink of chaos by creating various issues instead of finding solutions.

During his stint in Congress, Biren was regarded as living Bir Tikendrajit for his courage and commitment towards the state and its people. Now he is known as living Santidas Gosai, who came to the state some 300 years ago on a religious mission and people of the state are still recuperating from his (Santidas) exploits. Once again, Santidas Gosai has reincarnated and is ruling the state. People of the state need to stay alert over his rule if they want to protect the integrity and identity of the state and its people including minority communities, he said.

Nothing positive will be achieved if the ruler misuses his powers and it is up to the public to salvage the state from such forces, he added. Accusing the government of protecting MU vice-chancellor AP Pandey at the cost of the students of the state, Gaikhangam questioned if the country has nobody more eligible than Pandey to hold the post of Manipur University VC. He further expressed doubt if there is any hidden agenda to bring down the university, which the Congress government had put its efforts to upgrade to a central university.

On the other hand, the BJP government is now beginning to sweat over the possibilities of Naga Framework Agreement affecting the state even though the party stood firm on rejecting any provisions affecting the state. The state government is now building ally over the agreement and shouting for the state’s integrity while the BJP government at the Centre is plotting to disintegrate the state, Gaikhangam continued.

Lauding MLA Joykisan as a courageous and visionary public leader, the former Dy CM said that Joykisan has now become a key person in Congress party. Regarding his selection as member of CWC, AICC’s highest decision making body, Gaikhangam said that he will put his best efforts to build strength of the party and urged party members and workers to work with dedication in the interest of the state and the country. Being a member of CWC, he will now be able to bring up state issues and public suggestions in the CWC meeting, he added.

He further informed that the CWC meeting held on Sunday at the national capital discussed the fallout of Assam NRC list and involvement of BJP leaders in Rafale fighter jet scam. He also said that it was his long loyalty to the party that leads him to the highest decision making body of the party. MLA Joykisan also expressed his belief that the party will see renewed strength in the state with the selection of Gaikhangam as CWC member.

Giving a positive hue to the loss of Congress government and rise of BJP government in the state, the MLA said that having a different dish is good for all and people often realise how good the taste of yesterday’s dish was only after having a different one. The BJP government has more sympathy towards a single person over the fate and career of thousands of students. In fact, the government sees the people of the state as lowlife. Instead of removing the VC, BJP is now staging protests asking MU teachers to quit and students to vacate the university campus, and this is the changes BJP promised before the last state assembly election, he said.

The BJP government, which raised its arms to protect the state’s territory, is now turning to the people of the state after union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju negated shifting of border pillar No. 81 inside Kwatha Khunou. The NDA government at the Centre does not care of any issues of the state. In fact, the BJP government is more proactive on cattle death than the state and its issues, Joykisan lamented.

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