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Updated: March 8, 2012 04:34 IST

“People know only Congress can deliver the goods”

Iboyaima Laithangbam
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Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh waves to his supporters at the Congress Bhavan in Imphal on Wednesday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
The Hindu Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh waves to his supporters at the Congress Bhavan in Imphal on Wednesday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Realising that violence cannot solve any problem, the people of Manipur have given the Congress an unprecedented mandate to rule the State for the third time, ignoring the bloody campaign launched by extremists against the party candidates, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said on Wednesday.

Mr. Singh was speaking at a function got up to felicitate the 42 newly elected Congress legislators at the party office here. All-India Congress Committee observers L. Felario and Hemanta Biswas Sarma, who are camping here to help elect a new leader of the Legislature Party, were present.

Mr. Singh said the party candidates could not address even street-corner meetings because of violence in both the hills and the valley. But the outcome — the Congress beat its rivals hollow, winning 42 of the 60 seats in the polls held on January 28 — had shown that none could drive a wedge between the people of the two regions. He made it clear that his government was leaving the door open for talks with misguided youths who had taken up arms. Most of them had realised that violence could not bring about any lasting solution; and many had signed ceasefire agreements and were engaged in peace talks with the government.

He said the Congress could repay the people for their trust in the party only with development projects.

D.D. Korungthang, elected from Tengnoupal, said the people's opinion could not be swayed by the diktats of some persons.

Lok Sabha member Thangso Baite said some national and local parties could not win even a single seat because the people knew that only the Congress could deliver the goods.

Meanwhile, reports say a tug-of-war is going on in the party for leadership. The main contenders are Mr. Singh and Commerce and Industries Minister Yumkham Erabot. Furthermore, several Congress MLAs are demanding berths in the Cabinet, most of them having missed the bus in the past 10 years the party has been in power.

the mindset of the congress is, not to allow anybody to grow as a leader,if this continues... it will vanish in the history. Congress is still surviving at the national level just because of weak opposition. no one want's a remote control government at state level being controlled by high command.

from:  sujan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 17:11 IST

Not to forget Mr. Kamarajar's rule in Tamil Nadu; today he is very easily forgotten. And you can see what is happening in Karnataka-Politics and Kerala is again ruled by Congress, Pondichery again by a former Congress man. Don't easily rule out everything that Congress has done. Days will come the new generations will take up the task. Congress will shine back, no doubt about it. Being a National Party it is becoming tough to handle regional issues and to maintain good connections at root-level; this is where the gap is; they will have to fill this void honestly with educated youths. I think Rahul will make it up. Congress will make it.

from:  Rovinson Nadar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 10:44 IST

although congress has won in Manipur, the defeat in U.P. , Punjab and Goa gives a clear indication that people r fed up with their regime. U.P. once upon a time was the stronghold of congress but in the last 2 or 3 elections congress has not been able to get adequate seats and it is doubtful whether they will be able to regain their glory in future. The reason I feel is that they do not have mature leaders to impress upon the people of UP and do good things to the people. The party leaders should have a close introspection on this issue and try to work hard so that they may be in a position to come back again atleast in the next elections.

from:  A.S.K.MOORTHY
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 05:48 IST
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