“Under the federal structure, state govt won’t be affected under any union govt”


IMPHAL, May 29: India is a federal government and every ruling party must be aware of the responsibilities of both the centre and state governments. We believe that the new NDA government will not cause any problems in carrying out our responsibilities. This was stated by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Gaikhangam in an interactive session with the media at his office chambers on Thursday evening.

A propaganda doing the round in Manipur is that after the NDA government led by BJP has come to power at the centre the Congress party is divided among various workers which is totally baseless, he said.

The MPCC president said: “The party is in a strong position in the whole country after two Congress MPs won the election as compare to other states. There is unity in MPCC under the leadership of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi. The party and its active workers are all together and the government is working in a smooth way. Though there has been a change at the centre, it will be of no consequences to our state because Indian government has a federal structure.”

The system is almost the same whether a Congress or a non-Congress government is in the centre. There was a time when the UPA government ruled and many states have different parties. Sometimes, some parties expressed triumph beyond limitations which is not good, the MPCC president said.

When quizzed about the cabinet reshuffle, he said it’s up to the Chief Minister to decide as he knows better about what is good for the government or not and has to consult the party and the high command.

He clarified that when he along with the Chief Minister went to Delhi, they didn’t attend the CWC meeting but informed the high command that they have delivered on their promise of sending two MPs.

The CLP meeting is likely to discuss the party matters on the present situation on May 30 as a part of the periodic sitting of the Congress once a month.

In the CWC meeting, the leaders may discuss the reasons of the party’s devastating failure in the last general election. It may also discuss for more vigorous election preparations for the coming election.

Gaikhangam has strongly condemned the Singjamei bomb blast which took place at around 5:10 pm on Thursday which left two persons dead and injured several others.

Explaining that there is nothing to be gained from such gun and bomb culture except the loss of lives of our own people, he said such incident gave a fear psychosis among the civilians and such dastardly acts by criminal minds in public places must be highly condemned.

“The Home department will take up major and necessary actions against such cold blooded criminals while also making it sure not to harass people. Such actions couldn’t be done by UGs without the support of drug users or people desperate for a single meal. MPCC shares the sorrow and pain of the bereaved families every moment.”

He asked the people concerned to think twice before doing such actions and the outcome of the consequences in future.

Talking about the gruesome double murder at the URF designated camp in which the decomposed bodies of the URF cadres were recovered on Wednesday, he said it is unfortunate as the duo have come out to join the peace process and the main stream to lead a normal life after being in jungle for long.

“The Home department will seriously look into the matter and go to the bottom of the case. The leader is out of station as of now but we will track him down soon. We need to re-look on the terms of the peace process agreement because the group has violated the SoO ground rules but it’s for the court to decide and give the verdict. Till now, there is no knowledge of who actually committed the crime whether as an individual or a group,” he said.



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