Imphal: Congress party in Manipur released its manifesto today for the ensuing two-phase polls in the state, highlighting its 11 goals and 37 pledges. The manifesto was released at a function held at Congress Bhavan in Imphal. Among others, AICC leader and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh who is also election observer of the party for Manipur and AICC Manipur in-charge Bhakta Charan Das attended the function.
In the manifesto, the Congress promised that it would work towards the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from the whole of the state. Mention may be made that AFSPA was repealed from the Imphal Municipal Corporation area during the Congress rule.
The party also promised to ensure citizens Constitutional rights and guarantee civil liberties and also strengthen the Manipur Human Rights Commission.
The manifesto further promised to preserve unity and integrity of Manipur, while stating that the Central government will be urged to resolve the international boundary dispute along the Indo-Myanmar border.
The Congress will also urge the Centre to resolve the inter-state boundary disputes.
The goals of the party include among others striving to make Manipur a self-reliant state, providing 50,000 jobs to educated unemployed youths per year and one-third seat reservation for women in government job recruitments.
Speaking after releasing the manifesto, Jairam Ramesh said the manifesto was drafted after incorporating opinions and suggestions from all sections of the society in the state.
He then urged the people of the state to keep their confidence with the Congress and vote to power again saying that under Congress rule Manipur will shine.
He said, “It is the manifesto for the revival of Manipur in all sectors.”
On the occasion, Jairam Ramesh along with Bhakta Charan Das, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president N Loken and former chief minister O Ibobi Singh flagged Congress campaign vans for the ensuing elections.