STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 19th Nov: Reflecting on the resolute stand and ultimate sacrifice made by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to uphold national integrity, former chief minister O Ibobi has called upon Congress workers to strive for defeating all forces inimical to the society.
Speaking at the 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi which was observed as Quami Ekta Diwas (National Integrity Day) at Congress Bhawan here on Sunday, he pointed out that materialisation of Indira Gandhi’s vision for a strong and united nation will be possible when Congress workers take firm resolve to expose and defeat those elements that are plotting to weaken the country.
While recounting that inclusion of Churachandpur was among the demands raised prior to signing of the Mizo Accord under the objective to form Greater Mizoram, Ibobi stated that Churachandpur still remains a part of Manipur owing to outright reject of the demand by Indira Gandhi.
Other notable contributions and activities of the first woman Prime Minister of India included granting statehood to Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura as well as extending support to the movement for independence of Bangladesh.
Eulogising Indira Gandhi’s intelligence and indomitable spirit, he observed that not many Indian leaders would have dared to take firm steps like Indira Gandhi did in saving Mizoram and Punjab from imminent destruction owing to insurgency or extremism.
Hence, defeating adversary forces from carrying out their nefarious activities require firm resolve and active involvement of the party workers in particular to uphold national integrity, he added.
The anniversary function organised by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee was also attended by MPs Thangso Baite and Dr Th Meinya, former deputy CM Gaikhangam, MPCC president and MLA TN Haokip, and other party leaders.
While rich floral tributes were paid to the portrait of Indira Gandhi, Congress party leaders and workers also distributed edibles and shawls to elderly citizens staying in old-age facility at Nongmeibung.