LJP to bargain Dy CM’s post in next government

IMPHAL, 23rd FEB: Exuding confidence about the party candidates coming out with flying colours in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election and playing an important role in the formation of the next government, central parliamentary board chairman of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chirag Paswan declared that it would bargain for the post of the deputy chief minister in case of a coalition government.

              Speaking at the flag hoisting ceremony of Karam Shyam, the LJP candidate in Langthabal assembly constituency, Chirag lamented that in-spite of being blessed abundantly with scenic landscape and natural resources such as medicinal plants, Manipur continues to lag far behind in terms of development. While asserting that elected LJP members will never deviate from the promise to bring a transparent and progress government in the state, Chirag, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, reiterated that LJP will settle for no less than the DyCM’s post.

            Further stating that a coalition government comprising LJP will endeavour for ending the insurgency problem, generate jobs for the educated unemployed and consult all stakeholders to settle niggling issues besetting the state, he opined that lack of initiative by the Congress government to develop the tourism sector is one of the factors for the people denied their rights to reap the fruit of development.

              LJP will accord top priority in infrastructure development of potential tourist hotspots so that the state’s economy improves by leaps and bounds, Chirag announced and called upon the electors to elect young and dynamic leaders. Addressing the gathering at the Lilong Mairenkhun Puthiba ground, MLA Karam Shyam pledged to end the culture of politicians making false promises and taking advantage of the people’s mandate to amass personal wealth.

             On the other-hand, Chirag also attended the flag hoisting function of party’s Wangoi AC candidate namely Moirangmayum Thoiba, during which he criticised the incumbent Congress government for ignoring the importance to development infrastructure for transport, healthcare and education. Holding the government responsible for the over 100 days of siege on the two lifelines of Manipur, he sought the people’s cooperation in the LJP’s initiatives for bringing good governance in the state.

              Speaking on the occasion, M Thoiba contended that repealing AFSPA 1958 from Manipur does not need the consent of the Centre as was evident when the state government lifted the disturbed area status from seven assembly segments of Imphal Municipal Corporation areas. He also opined that the growing mistrust between the hills and plain people is mainly due to the latter denied residency in the hills surrounding the valley areas.

             Thoiba further conveyed that party leader Ram Vilas Paswan has been urged to take up the issue of the Centre-NSCN(IM) framework agreement in the next session of parliament.

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