Imphal: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Saturday donated food items to a children home in Imphal East to mark the 31st death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi which the nation observed as Anti-Terrorism Day.
A team of MPCC led by vice president, L Tilotama who visited Yaibilen Children Home, Keibi Sanapat in Imphal East donated the food items to the home for orphan children.
The MPCC observed the 31st death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Imphal’s Congress Bhavan today, joining the nationwide celebration of the Anti-Terrorism Day. Paying floral tributes to the portrait of the former Prime Minister marked the observance of the day.
MPCC president K Meghachandra, former chief minister O Ibobi Singh and CWC member Gaikhangam were among other leaders and members of the Congress party who attended the observance.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi Singh maintained that terrorism is against society and it has no positive impact in any area. He called on everyone to co-operate in eliminating terrorism and fulfill the vision of the late Prime Minister and Congress leader. The CLP leader in the state Assembly asserted that Congress party believed in peace and harmony and added that any differences can be resolved through dialogues. The former chief minister remembered the former Prime Minister as the savior of democracy.
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He said that it was during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister, the reservation of 33% seats for women in the local self-government was initiated by him (Rajiv Gandhi). He even pushed for reservation of 33% of the seats in the state Assembly as well as in the Parliament for the women with the notion of active participation of the women in the highest decision making bodies. “If he (Rajiv Gandhi) happens to be with us, the seat reservation for the women may have been materialized,” he added. Ibobi also recalled Rajiv Gandhi’s “selfless contributions” to the nation and his efforts towards development of the nation before adding that his demise was a huge loss for all.
The former chief minister urged everyone to work diligently to realize Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams for the nation’s wellbeing.
It was on this day in the year 1991 that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. This year commemorates Rajiv Gandhi’s 31st death anniversary as India observes Anti-Terrorism Day.