MPCC to cancel meetings and close office tomorrow in extending solidarity to #JusticeForAthuanAbonmai

MPCC Spokesperson Ningombam Bupenda Meitei briefed at Congress Bhavan in Imphal tonight. The brief was attended by Adv. L. Chandrakumar, Chairman, Vicchar Vibhag and MPCC Media Panelist P. Bankimchandra Meitei.

In the brief, Bupenda Meitei stated that the Congress party joined in extending solidarity to the 24 hours bandh called from midnight of today till tomorrow’s midnight for Justice to (Late) Athuan Abonmai. He also stated that as per the advice of AICC Senior Observer (Manipur) Jairam Ramesh, MP, and AICC in-charge (Manipur) Bhakta Charan Das, ex-MP, and MPCC state leadership, the party had decided to close the office and cancel all the official meetings which were scheduled to be held in the said duration for the upcoming elections in the state.

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MPCC DEMANDS JUDICIAL PROBE ON SOCIAL ACTIVIST ATHUAN ABONMEI KILLING

Imphal: 23/9/2021

The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded the institution of Judicial Inquiry on by not less than a sitting High Court Judge, within 24 hours to the assassination of social activist Athuan Abonmei who was abducted in broad daylight amidst security arrangement from Pologround of Tamenglong district headquarter and later found killed in the evening around 30 km from the spot.

Late Athuan Abonmei, a fearless outspoken activist and a critic of NSCN-IM was waiting for Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his cabinet colleague to attend the “Go-To-Hill 2.0” mission when he was abducted by some gunmen suspected to be cadres of the NSCN-IM. Working President of the MPCC I. Hemochandra while condemning such killing asked the government where are the law and order. He said that a civilian was abducted by gunmen from a place where the chief minister of Manipur was attending a state function. When a civilian can be abducted from a well-guarded place, then where is the security of the general public. Hemochandra not only question the security of the general public but asked the security of the Chief Minister himself as it happened from the place where he has been attending. “When gunmen can enter and abducted civilian from the place where the Chief Minister is attending then it compromises the security of the Chief Minister Himself too”, former Minister Hemochandra said adding that there needs an immediate independent judicial inquiry into the incident. He said this as the incident itself is a clear example of security lapses that needed to be investigated at the earliest.

Another working President of MPCC K Meghachandra, who is also the Spokesperson of the MPCC said that police officer and other security forces present at the ground should take sole responsibility for the killing of Athuan Abonmei. Both the working president said that the assassination of Athuan Abonmai, the voice of the unity and integrity of Manipur, must be taken with utmost seriousness as the martyrdom of Athuan Abonmai can’t go into insignificant history. Meghachandra added that the Congress party salutes the fearless voice of Athuan Abonmai. His loss is the historic loss for the entire Manipur. He said Congress demands that DM and SP of the district concerned must be sacked within 24 hours, and both should be held responsible for the loss of Abonmai’s life. The Congress also demanded that the DGP of Manipur must explain what has led to the failure of non-responsiveness to the FIR lodged by Abonmai’s son at Lamphel Police Station, why and how the police and district administration could not prevent the abduction of Abonmai in a broad daylight from a government event in full public glare.

The MPCC considers that the broad-daylight assassination of Abonmai is a ground reflection of the total failure of the Home Department, CID, Crime Branch, and State Intelligence Bureau in the state, Working president of MPCC I Hemochandra said. He added that the incident of such brutality and inhumanity has never ever taken place in history to silence a democratic and fearless voice that always stood for the uncompromising unity and integrity of Manipur. The MPCC spokespersons further said that bullets can’t silence the true sons and daughters of Manipur. Many Abonmais will be born to follow the philosophy and ideology of martyred Athuan Abonmai. Congress said that the entire state government of Manipur has completely failed to protect the precious life of our true son of Manipur and our beloved brother, Athuan Abonmai.

This is a copy and pastes from the publication of Imphal Times Daily, Links given below:

https://www.imphaltimes.com/news/item/21277-congress-demands-judicial-probe-to-the-killing-of-athuan-abonmei

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Sensational Mirabai Chanu Opens India’s Medal Count at Tokyo Olympics

Imphal, 24/7/2021:

Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open the country’s account on Saturday. The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 

Shri Govindas Konthoujam, MLA Bishnupur AC congratulates her on a Facebook post as “You’ve made all of us proud, On your super achievement, Your hard work has surely paid off, And luck and destiny too, So keep smiling as you made it through, Super Congrats to You!

Many many congratulations Mirabai Chanu, Indian 1st silver medal in women 49 kg category (weight lifting event) #Tokyo2020 Olympics Games. Very proud moment of India as well as Manipur. “

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Km Ak Mirabai, MLA Patsoi Inaugurated Head Office of Universal Family Organisation

Imphal: 14th April, 2021

Km Ak Mirabai, MLA Patsoi AC participated as Chief Guest in the inaugural function of Head Office of the Universal Family Organisation and Book publication on Wednesday, the 14th April,2021 at Ipa Loyalakpa Ima Nungthelleima Community Hall organised by Universal Family Organisation, Manipur.

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SC directs to cease cabinet portfolio from Mahud Minister Th. Shyamkumar and to bar him from entering the Manipur Legislative Assembly complex

In an interesting political development, ahead of the Rajya Sabha election
scheduled to be held on March 26, the Supreme Court of India in an interim order has directed the government of Manipur to cease the Ministerial Berth of MLA Th. Shyamkumar and directed the Manipur State Assembly to
bar him from entering the state Assembly complex,which means that Th.Shyamkumar will not exercise his vote in the upcoming
Rajya Sabha Election. SC directs to cease cabinet portfolio from
Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar and to bar him from entering the Manipur Legislative Assembly complex The Supreme Court, however, left the matter to decide on the fate of the MLA whether to disqualify or not, to the
Speaker ’s tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. The Speaker’s
Tribunal had earlier reserved the judgment for the disqualification case till
March 28 because of the Rajya Sabha Election and his
hectic schedule for preparing state assembly related activities.
The interim judgment was announced today by a three member bench comprising of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Aniruddha
Bose and Justice V. Ramasubramanian in connection with a fresh
admission in connection with the SLP filed by Congress
MLA Keisham Meghachandra Singh and MLA MD. Fajur Rahim for disqualification of MLAShyamkumar who is the Forest and Environment Minister under the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
On January 21, a three member bench of the Supreme Court had directed the Speaker’s Tribunal to decide the disqualification case of
Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar within 4 weeks period. On January 25 the
Court ruling was handed over to the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. Later the Manipur Legislative Assembly filed a petition for
an extension of the case hearing at the Supreme Court
but was declined by the Supreme Court.The Speaker ’s Tribunal headed by Speaker Y Khemchand conducted the final hearing of the case on February 4 but the tribunal reserved its judgment and fix the date for the announcement of the judgment by March 28 at 11 am. SOURCE: IT NEWS

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Congress Delegation Submit Memorandum to President of India

Congress delegation led by Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi & Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh meet with the Honourable President of India, to present a memorandum on the Delhi violence.

Congress delegation led by Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi & Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh meet with the Honourable President of India, to present a memorandum on the Delhi violence.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MD.SAHABAJ SHAH BY KGF, NINGTHOUKHONG

Handing over of Cheque as Financial Assistance from K. Gojendra Foundation (KGF) under the aegis of Shri Govindas Konthoujam , Hon,ble MLA, Bishnupur AC to Md. Shahbaj Shah, S/o Md. Shiraj Shah, Bishnupur Muslim Leikai,Ward No. 2, Gold Medalist, (Junior Mr India title holder) at 65 Kg weight catagory in the recently concluded All India Body Builder’s Championship 2020 in Hyderabad organised by Body Builder’s Federation of India
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Md.Shahbaaj of Manipur clinches Gold in #IBBF,s National Junior Body Building Championship, 2020

Md.Shahbaaj Shah S/o Md. Siraj Shah of Bishnupur Muslim Leikai, Ward No. 2. Manipur clinches Gold in #IBBF,s National Junior Body Building Championship, 2020 which is presently held in Hydrabad , under Indian Body Builders Federation, sponsored by : Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India.

Shah Nawazkhan , Advisor, Bishnupur Muslim Youth Club expressed happiness on the achievement and he will be received by the volunteers of MYC Bishnupur on his arrival at Bir Tikendrajit Intenatioal Airport , Imphal on the 5th February, 2020 to encourage the spirit of sports lover youths of the state.

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We Want #JusticeForMahima

A 17 years old Young Manipuri girl called Mahima Khan was brutally rape and killed on last Sunday evening in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Her death body was found near Khadki Railway Station . #JusticeForMahima

Why our national media are silent on this? Why everyone silent on this?

Because she is from North-East? Or she is a Manipuri?
Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, Mr Ajit Pawar, I feel at least she deserve justice. Why Maharashtra Government still silent on this? How long you going to cover this?

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The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear. Rahul Gandhi

The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking. The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear. Rahul Gandhi <a href="http://<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking. <br><br>The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear. <br><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOSJNU?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOSJNU</a&gt; <a href="https://t.co/kruTzbxJFJ">pic.twitter.com/kruTzbxJFJ</a></p>&mdash; Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) <a href="https://twitter.com/RahulGandhi/status/1213850414258380807?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset="utf-8">http://<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The brutal attack on JNU students &amp; teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking. <br><br>The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear. <br><br> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOSJNU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SOSJNU</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/kruTzbxJFJ”>pic.twitter.com/kruTzbxJFJ</a></p>&mdash; Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RahulGandhi/status/1213850414258380807?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&#8221; charset=”utf-8″></script>

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#Facebookdown, #Instagramdown trend on Twitter

Netizens who experienced difficulty in accessing their Facebook and Instagram accounts on Thursday evening took to Twitter to express their sentiments with the hashtag #facebookdown and #Instagramdown.

The hashtag is currently trending in the Philippines with more than 11,000 tweets, as of posting time.

Instagram, through its Twitter account posted that the company is working to bring back services.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook’s family of apps, including Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #InstagramDown.”

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Manipur Congress Leaders Submitted Memorandum to Sharad Pawar ,Leader,NCP

Shri O. Ibobi Singh, Leader of CLP, Manipur along with 14 MLAs submitted a memorandum to Shri Sharad Pawar ji, Honble MP and Chief of NCP at 5.30 PM today at his Official Bungalow in New Delhi . In the meeting the congress team apprise the leader to extend all the possible help to raise the issues in the Parliament to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur to the ongoing NAGA PEACE ACORD and to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill which is going to re-introduce the Bill again .
In the interaction, Mr Sharad Pawar ji assured to our team that he will support all possible help to our demands.

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Congress President Smt.Sonia Gandhi ji appointed Shri M.Okendro as New President, Manipur PCC.

Congress President Smt.Sonia Gandhi ji appointed Shri M.Okendro as New President, Manipur PCC.

In a press release from AICC said that Shri Moirangthem Okendro is appointed as new president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. And, Party appreciated the contributions of Shri Gaikhangam, Hon,ble Member, CWC.

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Shri Govindas Konthoujam addresses on the occasion of #GandhiAt150 , Orgd.by BBCC at Ningthoukhong

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“Let us Protect our identity and Culture”Govindas Konthoujam

Govindas Konthoujam, MLA,Bishnupur

Sept.9 Imphal:

Shri Govindas Konthoujam, Hon,ble MLA, Former Minister appealed to protect identity and culture of Meitei/Meetei which was safeguarded by the forefathers since time immemorial for the future generation. He stated in a function organised by Thougal Thoushil Kanglup, Kangleipak at Lamlai Salampat in connection with Heikru Hidongba festival.

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Modi govt completes 100 days in office, it is clear that its rule has been disastrous for the people of India; full of lies, failed programme, jumlas and economic disaster

As Modi govt completes 100 days in office, it is clear that its rule has been disastrous for the people of India; full of lies, failed programmers, Jumlas and economic disaster. 100DaysNoVikas

Every section of society is feeling cheated and is under deep distress. GDP is at a six year low, unemployment is at a 45 year high, bank frauds are spiraling, farm sector is in crisis, the RTI Act has been diluted, every democratic institution is under attack, hate crimes have become the norm, people of J&K are under a lockdown since a month now… and you can’t even question the govt because then you are called anti-national. 

The lopsided economic policies of this govt have completely crushed the Indian economy. FM Nirmala Sitharaman has recently overturned 90% of decisions announced in the Union Budget, which the Congress party since day one called uninspiring while Modi govt was hailing as historic. 

To hide its failures on all fronts, Govt is doing what it does the best, “headline management” and vendetta politics against the Congress leaders like Shri P. Chidambaram & DK Shivakumar. 

Congress Party has been urging the govt to shun its vendetta politics and has offered to help to drive the country out of this Modi Made Disaster but Govt has refused to take the help. 

#100DaysNoVikas 

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GENERAL STRIKE CONTINUES NORMAL LIFE PARALYZES (DAY 2)

effigies burnt

#JusticeForBabysana

Imphal Sept 3, Second day of the 48 hours General Strike called by the JAC formed in connection with the mysterious death of Babysana continues to paralyze normal life in the state. The General Strike will conclude at 6 am tomorrow morning.

Almost all shops and business establishment in major market places of Imphal including Khwairambandh Keithel, Thangal and Paona Keithel, continue to remain shut. Schools and colleges in across the valley district remain close and government offices witness less attendance of staffs. At some offices, staffs who attended the office on compulsion denied to attend visitors and officials works were crippled with no staff ready to perform normal duty.

Interstate transports including passengers service vehicles were cancelled for the second day. Inter-district passenger transport service and all modes of passenger vehicles including Tata Magic service stay off the road.

Even though police warned the protestors not to participate in the General Strike and not hamper public life, women blocked roads and made to return vehicles passing through the road of Singjamei Chingamakha, Khumbong and Khaidem of Imphal West area. The protestors blocked road by staging protest at Singjamei, Khumbong and Khaidem area.

The streets looks deserted except for few private vehicles.

Despite police efforts to avoid any incidents related with the General Strike, an effigy of Chief Minister N. Biren and Founder of Standard Robarth Ph. Landhoni were burnt by the bandh supporters at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai.

Except for some places, the 48 hours General Strike didn’t see much of the people blocking roads as witnessed earlier. However, almost all people stay indoor supporting the General Strike.

Speaking to the media by General Secretary of Naharol Leisemba Club, Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, Naoroibam Bikramjit said that their Club’s President who is also the Co-covenor of JAC, Leishangthem Pratap had been in the police custody for the last 20 days. He appealed the concern authorities to release the Co-covenor as soon as possible as his health has deteriorated. He added that if any untoward things happen to him than intense agitation will be launched by the club and the Meira Paibi.

Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, Meira Paibi. Secy. Hijam Rashi said that the state wide 48 hours General Strike called by the Babysana JAC that had been imposed from yesterday is against the state government to bring out the justice of the mysterious death of babysana. She condemned the government for being a mute spectator.

Rashi further said that the Co-convenor of JAC Pratap protested an indefinite hunger strike inside the jail demanding justice and to find truth about the death of Babysana and also for being a mute spectator by the government.

Father of Babysana N. Tomchou while meeting with the media person in his residence at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai said that he was presently staying at his home and urged the government not to make him an absconder. He further said that he will give his statement to the police again if they said so and added that he will give his statement in the presence of CSOs.

Tomchou also urged the police to give a date for giving his statement. He concluded with an appealed to release the arrested persons of the JAC.

Sources: Imphal Times

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Sonia Gandhi Back As Congress President For Now

Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI:  Sonia Gandhi will return as Congress president for now, two years after she handed the top job to her son Rahul Gandhi, the party’s top decision-making body, the Working Committee, decided today after a 12-hour meeting. Pitching it as a stop-gap measure, the party said it will pick a new president when its plenary session is held later this year. Rahul Gandhi had quit the party’s top post in May after its disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha election and subsequently refused the party’s requests to withdraw his resignation. This morning, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had excused themselves from group meetings held to decide on a new chief, saying they cannot be part of the selection process. Despite Rahul Gandhi’s insistence, the party failed to come up with a non-Gandhi alternative.

  1. The Congress Working Committee said all those present in the meeting wanted Rahul Gandhi to continue as the party chief. However, since he refused, Sonia Gandhi was requested to take over as interim president. It also passed a resolution, thanking Rahul Gandhi for his service.
  2. The Congress’s state units and the legislature parties took part in the meet that ended around 11 pm. There was suspense over whether the party will elect its new leader or go by nomination, as it happened traditionally.
  3. Rahul Gandhi was said to be in favour of a broad consultation before zeroing in on a candidate, which led to discussions held by five committees representing the east, north-east, south, west and north zones.
  4. The party’s veteran leader Mukul Wasnik – known to be close to Sonia Gandhi – was earlier said to be in the race for the job. The other contender was Mallikarjun Kharge, who was the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
  5. Sonia Gandhi was party president for 19 years and during this period, the Congress headed two back-to-back governments at the centre. Last month, when asked if she was open to taking over as temporary party chief, Sonia Gandhi was non-committal. Battling health problems, she had significantly reduced her public engagements and she has hardly campaigned during recent elections.
  6. Her return as interim chief comes ahead of a string of state elections later this year. There has been criticism that the party’s inability to sort out the leadership issue has drawn attention away from these key elections – the first since the Lok Sabha elections. It has also upset the leaders and workers and an exodus is likely if the matter was not sorted, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor has warned.
  7. The Congress had been decimated in the Lok Sabha elections, winning only 52 seats – a marginal increase over its score of 44 in the 2014 election. Accentuating the defeat, Rahul Gandhi lost his traditional family turf Amethi to the BJP’s Smriti Irani.
  8. Insisting that “accountability” must be maintained, Rahul Gandhi announced his decision to step down  at a closed-door meeting of the Working Committee on May 25. He also ruled out his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s taking over the top post, underscoring that the Congress must look for a non-Gandhi leader.
  9. For most of its 134-year history, the Congress always had the Gandhis at the helm, except for several years in the 90s after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. But the party did not do well under Sitaram Kesri and several leaders convinced Sonia Gandhi to lead it.
  10. After being voted out of power in 2014, the Congress has struggled to win elections or even give the impression that it can be the leading opposition bloc against the might of the BJP led by Prime Minister Modi.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/on-rahul-gandhis-prodding-congresss-5-group-meetings-to-pick-new-chief-2083198

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Ravish Kumar of NDTV wins Ramon Magsaysay Award for his journalism

Image: Ravishkumar

Congratulations to Shri #RavishKumar for receiving the #RamonMagsaysayAward {Considered as Novel Prize of Asia}for speaking truth to power. Your journalism gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the people in power, a lesson more journalists should imbibe. You’ve made all Indians proud.  The citation describes Ravish Kumar as a sober, incisive and well-informed anchor who has been most vocal on insisting that the professional values of balanced, fact-based reporting be upheld in practice. Source: NDTV

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Bishnupur BCC started supply of water from IFCD Pump House , Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI)

Bishnupur Block Congress Committee has excavated more than 38 ponds for irrigational purposes from 21st July, 2019 till date and Under the guidance of Shri Govindas Konthoujam, Hon,ble MLA,Bishnupur , BBCC started supply of water from IFCD Pump House , Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) by repairing and renovation of its equipments to the main canals and lower canals.

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Bishnupur Block Congress Committee continues excavation works for giving irrigational water in Bishnupur AC.

Around 150-200 mitres longed channel of Kaborok river, located at the Southern side of Joypur Khunou Bishnupur Ward No.10 has excavated by using excavator in order to provide irrigational water of the surrounding paddy fields. This is a part of flying project taken up by Bishnupur Block Congress Committee from 21st July,2019.

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“India has grown because Jawaharlal Nehru and others established IITs and ISRO,” said Pranab Mukherjee

“Those who criticise Congress rule for 55 years are ignoring where India was at independence and how far we have come. Yes, others also contributed, but the foundations of modern India were laid by our founders who firmly believed in a planned economy, as opposed to today, when the Planning Commission has been disbanded,” said Pranab Mukherjee.

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Several leaders of the Congress have resigned from their posts to give Rahul Gandhi a free hand to choose a new team

Several leaders of the Congress have resigned from their posts to give Rahul Gandhi a free hand to choose a new team in the wake of the Lok Sabha election defeat although he is adamant on giving up the presidency.

Hours after Vivek Tankha quit as the party’s Chairman for Law and RTI cell, many others from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana too gave up their posts.

Tankha resigned on Thursday night saying the Congress cannot afford a stalemate for too long and urged Gandhi to revive the Congress as “a fighting force”.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Tankha said: “We all should submit our resignations from party positions and give Rahulji a free hand to choose his team… Party cannot afford a stalemate for too long.”

He added: “Rahulji, please make drastic changes to revive the party as a fighting force. You have the commitment and determination. Just cobble a good, acceptable and influential nation-wide team.”

On Friday afternoon, Rajesh Lilothia, who was also a party candidate from North West Delhi, resigned as the Delhi Congress Working President.

Besides Tankha and Lilothia, Haryana Women Congress chief Sumitra Chouhan, General Secretary Netta P. Sangma of Meghalaya, Secretary Virender Rathore, Chhattisgarh Secretary Anil Chaudhary, Madhya Pradesh Secretary Sudhir Chaudhary and Haryana Secretary Satyavir Yadav also gave up their posts.

The Congress this week dissolved all district committees of its Uttar Pradesh unit and formed a three-member disciplinary committee to look into acts of gross indiscipline and anti-party activities during the Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress suffered a major defeat in the elections, winning just 52 seats. Gandhi himself was defeated in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh although he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala

Gandhi announced his decision to quit as Congress President after the election results but the Congress Working Committee (CWC) wants him to continue.

On Thursday too, Gandhi made it clear to General Secretary K.C. Venugopal that he was determined to give up the presidency.

At the same time, Gandhi has said that he will chair crucial meetings until a new party chief was found.

Gandhi has reportedly told some leaders in private that he was disgusted with those who cling on to their posts despite the election rout.

According to party sources, a meeting of CWC will be called to decide on a new party chief.

Ahead of the meeting, more resignations are likely in the country’s oldest political party.

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The 18th “The Great June Uprising and Unity Day observed”

#GreatJuneUprising and #UnityDay 

The names of the martyrs who had laid down their lives during the June 18, 2001 uprising are:

1. Laitonjam Rajkumar of Uripok Khoisnam Leikai

2. Laishram Ongbi RK Tamphasana of Kwakeithel Moirang Purel

3. Okram Ramananda of Langathel Mayai Leikai

4. Thokchom Lalit of Yaiskul Jamasthan

5. Khoisnam Shinghajit of Liwa Lambi Maibam Leikai

6. Bachaspatimayum Naocha of Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai

7. Amom Rajen of Naoremthong Takhellambam Leikai

8. Kshetrimayum Romeo of Singjamei Kshetri Leikai

9. Gurumayum Dutta of Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai

10. Sagolsem Surchandra of Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai

11. Rishikanta Yumnam of Khagempalli Panthak

12. Thokchom Wilson of Nongmeibung

13. Thoudam Guneshwor of Khoijuman Mamang Leikai

14. Konsam Kameshwar of Khurai Konsam Leikai

15. Chabungbam Bharat of Awang Khunou Mamang Leikai

16. Kshetrimyum Jiban of Khurai Konsam Leikai

17. Mayanglambam Manikanta of Awang Sekmai

18. Thingom Birendra of Chingamakha Irom Leirak

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“I am extremely saddened to hear the news of the sudden demise of Shri Thangjam Debendra, of Haokha, Advisor of Wangkhem BCC, today. I was deeply shocked to hear the unexpected news from MLA Shri Meghachandra Keisham of Wangkhem AC” – N.Bupenda Meitei, Spokesperson,MPCC

Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, Spokesperson,MPCC expressed deep sorrow on the demised of Shri Thangjam Debendra. In his Facebook post, he wrotes as

“I am extremely saddened to hear the news of the demise of Oja Thangjam Debendra, of Haokha, a former school teacher and advisor of Wangkhem Block Congress Committee, on a sudden stroke today. I was deeply shocked to hear the unexpected news from MLA Shri Meghachandra Keisham of Wangkhem Assembly Constituency of Thoubal District of Manipur.

Oja Deben was a good debator and college students’ leader, and he was the contemporary, during college days, of Moirang MLA Shri Sharat Chandra Pukhrem. He shared with me the incidents and journey of his days as students’ leaders with MLA P. Sharatchandra in their colleges’ trip to Jammu & Kashmir from Manipur.

It is a personal loss of mine. A very pro-active Congress ideologue who is also an exemplary orator with facts and figures, Oja Deben, in my last conversation with him at the official residence of the MLA, told me to read ‘Indira’ by Katherine Frank.

I have no words left to express this kind of sadness. Some weeks ago, he, despite heavy rain, visited my ancestral residence to discuss with me on crucial issues. Today, despite being a man in good health, he, all of a sudden, has left all of us.

What is more shocking is that tomorrow is the day of remembering the former President of Wangkhem Block Congress Committee Md. Mubarak Ali ji at his residence, where I was expecting Oja Deben to be present. Unfortunately and very sadly, I will miss both Oja Deben and Md. Mubarak Ali ji so dearly.”

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Manipur PCC organised Grand Iftar Party at Congress Bhawan,Imphal

Imphal, June 4: MPCC organised grand Iftar Party at Congress Bhawan,BT Road,Imphal with many leaders, office bearers, frontals,Cells . Before staring of the sacred function of the Ramdhan month, Shri Gaikhangam, President, MPCC inaugurated the official room of Shri M. Okendro Singh, Vice President,No.1 in the main building. After Iftar Party all the Leaders, workers and Muslim clerics prays Salat for Magrib on the same. Shri O.Ibobi Singh, Leader,CLP, Shri K.Ranjit Singh, Treasurer, Shri O.Nabakishore Singh , INC Candidate, retd IAS ,etc are present in the grand function.

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My Love for Congress President Rahul Gandhi ji

#CongressNeedYouRahulji It was 2 years back, our Chief Ms. Divya Spandana had inform us to attend a meeting with Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi ji through then Social Convener Shri Vipin Yadav ji on 27th March,2018, I went with my friend Shri M. Ramesh and met Congress President in the meeting, He was very concerned about the issues of North East India,s youth problems, joblessness, etc. It was our first meeting, he treated us as a close friend not like a worker. He showed his simplicity, courage to fight for the truth . No leader like him is seen so far in my life. Now India needs his abilities to fight for the young India who has already injected hatred by few orthodox peoples. It is proper time unite to save our Constitution .

With Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi ji

After 2 years, I had to chance to met our Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi ji on his visit in Manipur on 20th March,2019 for Election Rally.

Imphal, 20th March with Rahul Gandhiji , Congress President
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“Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation as the party president. The CWC unanimously and with one voice rejected the same and requested the Congress President for his leadership and guidance in these challenging times,”

#IStandWithRahulGandhi

A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign as party president after the Lok Sabha poll debacle and authorised him to overhaul and restructure the party at all levels.

The meeting deliberated on the reasons behind the Congress’s defeat in the elections for four long hours with various leaders urging Mr. Gandhi to continue to provide leadership to the party.

“Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation as the party president. The CWC unanimously and with one voice rejected the same and requested the Congress President for his leadership and guidance in these challenging times,” said the resolution passed by CWC.

The CWC “unanimously” called upon the Rahul Gandhi to lead the party in its ideological battle and to champion the cause of India’s youth, the farmers, the SC, ST, OBCs, the minorities, the poor and the deprived sections, it said.

Top Congress leaders from across the country Saturday got together to review the Lok Sabha poll drubbing, as the party’s highest decision-making body met here.

The CWC meeting, chaired by Mr. Gandhi, was attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, chief ministers of party-ruled states and other top leaders.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cwc-rejects-rahul-gandhis-offer-to-step-down-as-congress-president/article27247196.ece

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Congress produced a fine Manifesto and the issues it identified for the campaign: Unemployment, Agrarian distress and the attack on institutions but rejected before tested.

The NYAY (minimum income guarantee) scheme was a potential game-changer, but there was criticism that word about it did not reach the masses.

Party strategists deny that their arrogance was a hurdle in coalition-making. Alliances were worked out in Bihar and Jharkhand, yet they failed. In Tamil Nadu the alliance with the DMK yielded results. In Delhi, the BJP vote share shows an alliance with the AAP would have made little difference. In Maharashtra, the coalition with NCP’s Sharad Pawar worked effectively on the ground but failed.

Another factor often cited in a defeat is the weakness of the local party organisation. But the Congress and its allies had a strong presence in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Delhi.

So what went wrong? Some are asking why inexperienced leaders like K.C. Venugopal, Rajiv Satav and Gaurav Gogoi were given charge of states. But states with strong local leaders — Karnataka, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh — also did not show results.

Yet others pointed to the “hua-toh-hua” statement of Sam Pitroda over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but the Congress did better in Punjab than most other states.

A combative Mamata Banerjee and a seasoned Sharad Pawar both took a beating. Chandrababu Naidu, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Siddaramaiah, Kamal Nath, Akhilesh Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav — not one of them could come up with the winning strategy either.

The Congress could not have fielded better candidates than Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal, Jyotiraditya Scindia in Guna, Ajay Maken in New Delhi and Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Sonipat. All lost.

The reasons are deeper and more complex. While every leader privately referred to possible manipulation of EVMs and collaboration of the Election Commission, some acknowledged the party’s failure to tackle the deadly mix of Hindutva and nationalism deployed by the RSS-BJP.

Rahul highlighted his temple visits to dilute the false propaganda about the Congress being anti-Hindu, but did not adopt the narrative of majoritarian dominance. He stuck to the secular narrative, seeped in constitutional values of equality and justice. But that clearly found no takers in an environment in which Pragya Singh Thakur is embraced and Kanhaiya Kumar is rejected.

Rahul did not have the antidote to the lie that the Congress was pro-terrorist and pro-Pakistan. The party did not know how to deal with a voter who believed livelihood issues should be ignored because Modi had enhanced India’s prestige in the world.

This propaganda about Modi bringing India recognition was packaged as the government’s biggest achievement. The Congress believed that facts would speak for themselves and that pointing to Modi’s track record on foreign policy and national security would be enough. It wasn’t.

That a party cannot counter false propaganda is no excuse. But there is no reason to think someone other than Rahul would have been more effective. The experienced Digvijaya couldn’t do it in Bhopal, the shrewd Arvind Kejriwal couldn’t in Delhi, and the grounded Shibu Soren couldn’t in Jharkhand. This is a problem India’s political class will have to learn to grapple with. Sources: The Telegraph

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Pulitzer prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was on Thursday night killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar while reporting the war situation in the conflict-ridden country.

Pulitzer prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was on Thursday night killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar while reporting the war situation in the conflict-ridden country.

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India confirmed the news on Friday.

Siddique, a journalist in his early 40s working with news agency Reuters, was embedded with Afghan Special Forces and had been reporting the operations against the Taliban.

#danishsiddiqui #taliban #photojournalism #death #pulitzer #afghanistanwar #afghanistan #journalistdeath #reuters #reutersphotos #TelegraphIndia

“July aa gaya hai, vaccine nahi ayi.” #WhereAreVaccines -Rahul Gandhi

Imphal:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the Centre saying it is July and there are still no vaccines in India, triggering a row on Twitter with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi said in Hindi, “July aa gaya hai, vaccine nahi ayi.” He also added the hashtag #WhereAreVaccines.

Holy Ramadan Month will Commence from Tonight

Imphal:

Also known as Ramazan or Ramzan, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by people belonging to the Muslim community around the world. Considered to be a holy month, devotees fast and pray, and also engage in humanitarian activities good deeds for the poor.

This year, Ramadan begins on April 14, a Wednesday, and ends on May 12, which is a Wednesday. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. It lasts between one sighting of the crescent moon and the next. It is said that Ramadan is the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation.

As mentioned earlier, fasting is a must for all adult Muslims, unless someone is sick, is traveling, is having their menstrual cycle, is pregnant, diabetic, or elderly. During this time, the pre-dawn meal is referred to as ‘suhur‘ or ‘sehri‘, and the feast that happens after a fast is broken at night is called ‘iftar‘.

Prophet Muhammed is believed to have received his first Quranic revelation on ‘Laylat al-Qadr‘ — one of five odd-numbered nights that fall during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr takes place as the month of Ramadan draws to a close. The date is dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Once the sighting is confirmed, the festival begins.

The month of Ramadan is an exercise in self-restraint and self-discipline. It is observed as a way of coming closer to Allah, to physically and spiritually detoxify by getting rid of impulses and vices.

Shri Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader tweeted “Happy Ramadan to all of you! There should be good health, peace and happiness all over the country.”

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