BJP told to keep promise made to minorities

IMPHAL,30th Aug: Former deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Thursday asked the BJP government to prove its stand for minorities by increasing their reservation to 10 per cent from the 4 per cent provided by the previous Congress government. Gaikhangam was attending the 10th foundation day celebration of All Manipur Muslim Girls Students’ Union (AMMGSU) held at Hotel Imphal, North AOC here on Thursday.

Speaking as chief guest, Gaikhangam lauded contribution of the union to the society and expressed his belief that the union might be the only Muslim girl students’ union in the entire country. Stressing on the role of women in bringing development in the society, the Congress leader called for improving the status of women and bringing equality and development in the state.

People need to adapt to changes in the society and shun away from discrimination among themselves. Integrity and mutual respect among the people will help in bringing peace and development in the society, he said.

Regarding the MU row, Gaikhangam said that Congress tried its best to bring together the agitating bodies of MUSU, MUTA, MUSA and MU VC professor AP Pandey on a common platform to sort out the matter and bring normalcy in the university in order to protect the academic careers of thousands of students. Unfortunately, AP Pandey refused the proposal which led to prolonged shutdown of the university, he added.

The Congress government had provided 4 per cent reservation to minority communities. The BJP government has been speaking about its stand for the minority communities, he said and demanded the government to prove its stand by increasing the reservation to 10 per cent. At present, Congress party is in no condition to increase the reservation and it is up to the BJP government to fulfil their demands. The initiative of the government will show whether the BJP government is true to its word or not, he said while asking the BJP government both at the Centre and in the state to give up the habit of lying to the people.

MLA Govindas Konthoujam, who presided over the function, said that he felt happy to see the society praising the women community and working collectively to improve their status. He also called for providing better education to women, and make them able to fully participate in bringing development in the society. AMMGSU advisor AR Khan also attended the function as guest of honour. Several individuals who have excelled in different fields were honoured during the function.

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