Social workers and different organisations of meira paibis and localities from different assembly constituencies on Monday unanimously condemned the threats issued to veteran politician O Joy Singh in the strongest terms and demanded for an investigation to take up appropriate action.
The decision was taken during a joint meeting of social workers, representatives of different organisations and localities from different assembly constituencies. The meeting was presided by president, Langthabal Kendra BCC L Nabachndra, ZP Langthabal Leimajam Roshan, Pradhan Oinam Thingel GP Guneshore alias Dara and former Pradhan Sharat Singh and social worker S Rajen Singh.
The meeting minutely discussed the recent issue on “the unidentified threat on O Joy Singh” and delivered speeches by the following persons, namely Sagolsem ongbi Ashakiran, treasurer, Langthabal Kendra Meira paibi Co-ordinating Committee; Moirangthem ongbi Ibecha Devi, president Langthabal Kendra Meira paibi Co-ordinating Committee; Ksh Medha Devi, convenor, Kakwa Huidrom Leikai Meira Paibi; Th, Guneshore alias Dara, Pradhan, Oinam Thingel GP; Leimajam Roshan, ZP Langthabal; Laimayum Shantikumar Sharma, social worker, and Huidrom Ongbi Bilashini, Social worker.
The meeting also unanimously declared that the people of Manipur know well about the veteran politician O Joy. As an advocate of democracy and a legislator, he always welcomes debate, discussion, dialogue and is not a threat, the meeting announced.
The unfortunate threat is cowardly and the handiwork of some unidentified persons who do not possess any democratic behavior and do not understand the ‘role of the Opposition’ in a Parliamentary system of democracy.
“They do not value the criticism of the Opposition, which is the real life-blood of democracy. Of course, the Parliamentary system of democracy, without the criticism from the Opposition, may be reduced to dictatorship and the Parliament and state legislature may become a mere debating society soon, which could not be the choice of the people,” the meeting observed.
The meeting also resolved to extend its best wishes to O Joy Singh and the members of his family. Extending their solidarity, the meeting also appealed to those unidentified persons not to repeat such practices in the future.