Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Congress is with people to throw out dictatorship, says Manipur ex-CM Ibobi


Congress leader and former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Wednesday alleged that there was no “democracy” but only dictatorship in the country since the BJP-led NDA government came to power.
Addressing a function at Imphal Congress Bhavan to celebrate the 138th foundation day of Indian National Congress (INC), the former three times chief minister said that democracy was at stake under the BJP rule.
He said that under the incumbent government, independent functioning of the four pillars of democracy – legislature, judiciary, executive and media – was being attacked.
After seeing a tendency of interfering in the appointment of the judges, the Supreme Court had recently even criticized the BJP-led government at the Centre.
He also alleged that the media’s freedom of expression was being supressed.
“This is nothing but a dictatorship,” he added.
The dictatorial attitude of the BJP has put the hard earned unity of the country at stake. The country’s integrity was in danger under the BJP rule. The Congress always stands firm for the unity and integrity of the country as well as the state of Manipur, he said.
Central leaders of the BJP, including the Prime Minister, were well aware that the chief ministers of the BJP ruled states in the northeast region joined the party only for the chairs of chief minister.
At the same time, the chief ministers knew the consequences that would befall after the party was thrown out of power. There would be no one in the BJP offices once the party was out of power.
Knowing this, they were criticizing the Congress every day to save their chairs, he alleged.
In democracy, there is nothing wrong in criticizing each other. However, the Congress will give a befitting reply at the appropriate forum at appropriate time, the former chief minister said.
Addressing the occasion, MPCC president K Meghachandra mocked the corruption free commitment given by the BJP-led government in the state.
He said that even though the Congress had exposed scam after scam in the implementation of projects and schemes, the incumbent government and chief minister still remained silent, without initiating any steps to find out the truth.
The anti-corruption cell set up by the BJP-led government in the state was nothing but to eyewash the people. The cell is doing nothing to curb corruption, he alleged. The Congress has exposed multi-crore scams in the implementation of the PMGSY. However, no action has been initiated to find the truth, he added.
The MPCC president then called upon people not to remain silent out of fear but raise their voices against dictatorship.
The BJP government has the tendency of installing dictatorship in the country as well as in the state, he said adding that time has come to raise voice against the wrongdoings of the government.
The foundation day celebration hosted by the MPCC was also attended by senior leaders of the Congress including former deputy CM Gaikhangam, former MPCC president TN Haokip and former MPCC president M Okendro besides a large number of Congress workers and supporters. The celebration began with the unfurling of the tricolor Congress flag by MPCC president Keisham Meghachandra.

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