Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 8, 2018: Manipur police launched tear gas shells at Congress Bhavan complex when the Congress fraternity tried to set off for Quit India Movement memorial rally to pay floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Avenue in Thangal bazaar, Imphal.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee termed foiling of the observation rally in memory of India’s freedom movement as undemocratic and disrespect to the Father of Nation.
Former chief minister Okram Ibobi who was in the gathering for the rally said, today is the 76th year of the Quit India Movement of the Indian freedom struggle led by father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi to push away British from India. This day is observed throughout the country to pay homage to the father of nation. We are hardly two hundred members participating in the rally. “Foiling the observation by the BJP led government by firing tear gas shell is an attempt to assassinate democracy, which is anti-national and uncivilised manner,” added Ibobi.
We know the hypersensitive locations in Imphal like the Raj Bhavan and civil secretariat site. We were not moving through those locations. Like in the past we aimed to proceed through Samumakhong, Nagampal, Khoyathong to reach Gandhi Avenue at Thangal Bazaar to pay floral tribute as we did earlier. “We sought for permission since 4/5 days, as a law abiding citizen of the country. But there was no reply from the authority,” said Ibobi.
“It is an attempt of the BJP to rule as dictator, which is next to impossible. Trying to rule by suppressing the voice of the people of this one of the biggest democratic country in the world by Narendra Modi and Biren Singh should not be allowed further. The choice is for the people. It is shameful for the BJP attempting to govern by suppressing the voice of people and freedom of press. It is a shameful act in front of other nations,” he added.
During Congress regime in Manipur for three consecutive terms every political party had been respected and allowed to conduct observation rally except in hypersensitive areas, said the Congress leade