IMPHAL, May 27: The Congress should not surrender to the newly elected NDA government at the centre. This was stated by Commerce and Industry minister Govindas Konthoujam during the commemoration of the 50th death anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at the Congress Bhawan on Tuesday.
The minister mentioned that the recently elected central government led by BJP has come to power after a 10 years gap and in such a moment Congress workers should not surrender and be as committed and responsible as before.
“Politics is all about riding the wave which goes up and down and no external force can affect the party’s unity. The need of the hour is to believe in our strength and the party. The Congress led UPA-I and II might have been defeated in the LS polls due to the party’s flagship programmes not reaching to the people on time,” he said.
Stressing that the Congress’ flagship programmes also include many historic schemes, he said those programmes intended for the welfare of the people will be delivered to them on time in the future when the Congress regains power at the centre.
“We must help realise the various dreams of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which he wanted for people’s welfare. As an important political figure of India and for taking an important role during the freedom movement, he became the first Prime Minister of India. We must follow in his path to serve the people as Congress workers,” the commerce and industry minister said.
During the function, Social Welfare minister AK Mirabai said she is proud to be a Congress worker from the beginning of her career.
“The Congress has a different ideology from other parties that includes a sense of sacrifice, passion and love for truth etc,” she said, “after 10 years, the NDA has come to power at the centre led by Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India recently. We should not spew venom to others without knowing our own reality. At this moment, our Congress party should remain united. Even though BJP has come to power at the centre, it would not affect our state. We should not open umbrellas here when Delhi has a heavy rain.”
During the 50th death anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the vice-president of Manipur Pradesh Congress committee T Mangibabu, general secretary Manga Vaiphei, newly enrolled MLAs RK Imo, K Thamarjit, P Brojen, Zemheinlung Pamei, S Bira were present.
The 50th death anniversary of Pt Nehru showed a sparse crowd in the Congress Bhawan unlike other previous functions of the Congress party.