Gaikhangam jibes at BJP saying party has turned Look East Policy into `Kill East Policy`

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IMPHAL, May 27: A District Level Congress workers`™ conference in connection with the yearlong celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar cum ADC election campaign 2015 was held at Lunneh & Shonglen (LS) Playground, Motbung in Senapati district today.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister O Ibobi recalled that Dr Ambedkar belonged to a schedule caste family but his talent and good foundation of education made him the Drafting Committee Chairman of Indian Constitution.

The CM maintained that Indian National Congress highly regards secularism since the independence of India and treats every section of people irrespective of caste, creed and religion with an equal eye.

Unlike the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a communal political party which disrespects secularism, he charged.

Assuring that the government will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to bringing in development in the hill areas, Ibobi pledged that not an inch of land of the state will be compromised.

As far as encroachment of land at Dzuko valley is concerned, the government is minutely monitoring the situation. The concerned DC and SP had been already intimated regarding the matter. The territorial integrity of the state will never be put at stake, he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam who was also present at the occasion said that the regular visit of Union Ministers in the state in connection with the ensuing ADC election will only bring defamation of its own party as it keeps hurling baseless allegations against the Congress.

He continued that people of the state cannot be swayed easily by BJP by making false promises that also only at the time of election.

Maintaining that UPA Government had projected the Look East Policy to uplift the north eastern states but the BJP-led NDA Government converted into Act East Policy without any valid reason after it came to power, the Dy CM said that lifting of Special Category status from the north east states by BJP will hinder development programmes in the region.

Lifting of Special Category status from the north east states will obstruct ways for bringing development in the region. By committing such unwarranted mistake, the BJP has turned the Look East Policy into `Kill East Policy`™, Gaikhangam said.

“Principal of all lies is stationed in the capital of the country, Delhi`™`™ he said, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promoting lies to woo the people of the state to gain political mileage ahead of the ensuing ADC election.

Launching a scathing attack on president of BJP Manipur Pradesh Th Chaoba over his recent remarks that the issue of land encroachment at Dzuko Valley could be solved through the concerned DCs without taking much time, Gaikhangam wondered why Chaoba was failed to address the issue of land encroachment at Dzuko Valley when he was holding the Revenue Minister.

The Dy CM appealed to the concerned electorates to cast their valuable vote for Congress candidates without fear in the ensuing ADC election to bring further development in the hill districts.

Today`™s conference was also attended by Member of Parliament Thangso Baite; IFCD Minister Ngamthang Haokip; Health & Family Welfare Minister Phungzathang Tonsing; Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Francis Ngajokpa; Commerce & Industries Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Parliamentary Secretary (YAS) M Prithiviraj; Parliamentary Secretary (MOBC) Amin Shah; General Secretary of MPCC Bidyapati Senjam and Secretary of MPCC S Jiten.

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