IMPHAL, April 4: The flag hosting ceremony of Thokchom Meinya, Congress candidate for the inner seat of 16th Lok Sabha election was held on Friday at his Khumbong Jaipur Khunou residence.
At the flag hosting ceremony, the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, ministers, MLAs and newly inducted MLAs to the party were present.
Addressing a meeting at Ibudhou Korouhanba after the ceremony, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said that after Congress came to power various development projects were taken up due to the effort of MPs and ministers of the Congress party.
He highlighted some of the achievements of the party after it came to power such as upgrading Manipur University and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences to Central University, the removal of Assam rifles from Kangla and bringing a railway head from Jiri to Imphal which is targeted to be completed by 2016.
The Chief Minister alleged that giving the BJP ticket for the inner seat to Dr Ranjan for the coming 16th Lok Sabha election instead of Th Chaoba is due to feeling panic of facing the election. If they have the confidence of winning the election than Th Chaoba will not waste that opportunity.
Many parties in the state call for removing AFSPA charging the party that they neglected the issue which is baseless, he expressed that the party was trying their level best for removing AFSPA and also urged Irom Sharmila to stop her fast and work jointly to remove such act from the state.
He elaborated that to remove AFSPA peace is necessary in the state and he expressed that the congress party also want to remove such act from the state.
Okram Ibobi said that the party was buttressed by enlarging it to 47 representatives which never happened in the state and along with them will try to bring development in the state.
Various schemes, programs have been implemented for the development of the state under the guidance of Sonia Ghandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh which is for the advantage of having representative of Congress party from the state in the parliament.
Chief Minister appealed the public to vote for Th Meinya in the inner seat at the 16th Lok Sabha election to strengthen the party and to bring various developments in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam said that the party remains with the people and the people are the strength of the party.
Charging baselessly the congress party by various political parties out of jealousy, he said and added that the party work under a principal for the welfare and development.
He alleged that there is some party who spoke about fulfilling the demands of “Alternative Arrangement” when they visited the hills areas but when they came down to valley they shamelessly claimed that the territorial integrity of the state cannot be destroyed.
But the Congress party stands for safeguarding the territorial integrity and to settle with peace and harmony cutting across all the communities, he stated and added that the people of the state till date are conscious that it was during Th Chaoba’s tenure as MP and BJP led NDA’s government that June 18 occurred.
Dy CM appealed the public to vote the Congress candidate for the inner Lok Sabha seat Th Meinya.
The candidate of the Congress party for the inner 16th Lok Sabha Th Meinya appealed the people to vote for him and make him a representative at the parliament for a better, peaceful and prosperous state.