BJP kicks off by-election campaign

BJP kicks off by-election campaign

CM terms resignation of Cong MLAs extreme sacrifice to save government

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hosted a political meeting in Wangjing Tentha AC to kick off its election campaign for the upcoming by-election to some Assembly constituencies in the state likely to be held by November this year.

Chief Minister N Biren formally launched the election campaign for Paonam Brojen who is the front runner to contest from 34-Wangjing-Tentha AC on a BJP ticket. The function held at Sapam Khul Community Hall was organized by BJP Wangjing-Tentha Mandal.

Speaking at the gathering, Chief Minister N Biren hailed the former legislators from the Congress Party who had resigned from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly as well as from their party to save the state Government, admiring them as dedicated and selfless leaders.

Nothing is greater than the sacrifice of the ex-Congress MLAs who dared to resign as members of the state legislative Assembly with a firm commitment to save the present Government. They are true public leaders who are really concerned for the people and their sacrifice is an unprecedented one in the history of the state. They resigned from the MLA posts after securing the consent of the public and will definitely succeed in whatever they do, the Chief Minister said, and appealed to the people to re-elect them for establishment of a stable Government in the state.

Reiterating that a stable Government is the utmost need of the hour to push the state forward in terms of developmental activities, Chief Minister said, a stable Government can freely fulfill the aspirations of the people without any hindrances. The present Government, which is a coalition of the BJP, NPP, NPF, Trinamool Congress, LJP and Independent, sometimes, experiences conflict of interest among the coalition partners. In a critical hour of the Government which was at one stage on the verge of collapsing, the MLAs resigned, Chief Minister said, terming it an ‘extreme sacrifice’.

Recounting that different forces, both from outside and inside the ruling alliance, attempted to defeat BJP’s Rajya sabha candidate Leishemba Sanajaoba in the recent RS poll, Chief minister said that ex-MLA O Henry of Wangkhei AC swung into action to save the prestige of the Government. Henry is an Icon of sacrifice, he stated. 

Chief Minister appealed to the people to support the MLAs who are working to the tune of public welfare.

Stating that he does not believe in political war of words and blame games, the Chief Minister said that the commitment of the present Government is to wipe out the tears of the poor, to give houses to the homeless, to generate employment opportunities to every household.  The Government is also committed to providing free health care treatment to the poor, to not let anyone die of hunger. Chief Minister gi Haksel gi Tengbang (CMHT) and PM Ayushman Bharat have been introduced to provide free medical treatment to the have nots, apart from other welfare schemes. Government is for welfare of the people, he stated.  

Stating that we never expected ILP would be implemented in the state, Chief Minister said that central leaders decided to implement ILP in the state after they were fully convinced of the issue. BJP loves the people of the state. Today, outsiders are not allowed to live in the state for extended period without procuring ILP passes. We can protect our identity in this present situation, said the chief minister.

After BJP came to power, Chief Minister claimed, hills-valley ties has been strengthened and the state no longer experiences bandh, blockade, people can freely roam in night without any apprehension, public-police relation has improved. It is called politics.

Claiming that around 20,800 elderly persons have been provided pensions by the present Government, Chief Minister said that the eligible beneficiaries were deprived of their benefits due to negligence of the previous Government. Government could detect such eligible beneficiaries through its ”Go To Village” mission, he said.

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