Imphal: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday addressed a public rally in Imphal and wooed the people of Manipur for the upcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election where he pledged to respect and safeguard the history, culture, and languages of the state.
The Assembly election was scheduled to poll on February 28 and March 5.
Large number of people attended the election rally at Hatta Kangjeibung. Rahul Gandhi was accorded a warm welcome and honoured with a Thang-Ta picture and a Manipuri traditional headgear by the state Congress leaders led by former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Rahul said the failure to conduct ADC elections in the state is a clear example of snatching away democratic institutions.
Congress defines India as a Union of states and a secular country, he said.
The BJP and RSS leaders visit the state with a sense of superiority, he added.
The Congress is interested in protecting the people of Manipur and work for its development. It wants to make Manipur self-sufficient in rice production, to boost the food processing industries and tourism sector, he said.
He slammed the BJP government for ‘mismanagement’ against Covid-19 which led to the death of thousands of lives in the state.
Implementation of false GST and demonetisation had attacked the small and medium business, Rahul alleged.
Women of Manipur are the real strength of the state. Congress is committed to give one-third job reservation for women, he said.
He said he comes to Manipur with humility as people here have a lot to give and learn from them starting from the diverse culture, history, the way woman is held high.
The Congress leader during his one day visit to the state visited Shaheed Minar and Nupi Lal Complex and paid homage to the souls of the freedom fighters of Manipur.
He visited Ima Keithel and interacted with the vendors there.