Imphal (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar has called upon people of the State to nurture love for the motherland and work towards integration in the country.
Joykumar was speaking as the chief guest at the observance of the Quami Ekta Week (National Integration Week) Thursday morning at the Conference Hall, Old Secretariat here.
The Deputy Chief Minister remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her supreme sacrifices in bringing unity in the country. He said that with the weeklong observance, we are remembering the then Prime Minister who faced all kinds of threats on the integration of the country and how she defeated the threats.
He said unity and integration of our people will make the country stronger. Irrespective of our caste, creed, religion or language we should not forget that we are one, he said adding that our country is known for our unity in diversity. Let us further understand our responsibility towards guarding these principles and maintain unity in our country.
Works/RD&PR/Com&Ind/IPR/AR&Trg. Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh in his presidential speech said that remembering the former Prime Minister on her birth anniversary alone is not enough, but we should imbibe her principles, ideals in bringing a unified nation.
He further recounted some of late Indira Gandhi’s achievements in bringing integration and unity in the country and how she motivated the people towards unity.
We are all responsible citizens of our motherland. Let us not just take a pledge on this day but inherit the ideas of unity and integration and educate our younger generations on why we are observing the day and why it is important, he said.
Biswajit also observed that one of the biggest achievements of the State government is bridging the gap between the hills and the valley under the leadership of Chief Minister N.Biren Singh. On the other hand the 103rd Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was observed today at the Congress Bhavan. The gathering was attended by MPCC President M.Okendro, CLP Leader O.Ibobi Singh, CWC Member Gaikhangam, Congress leaders and workers. A floral tribute, led by O. Ibobi Singh was offered to the photo of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
A pledge taking ceremony was also held after the floral tribute .MPCC President M. Okendro administered the oath and resolved to uphold the unity of India and its people. They also pledged to uphold Indira Gandhi’s commitment to an inclusive democracy, empowerment of the people, freedom, unity and integrity of India.