The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has strongly condemned the allegation made by Chief Minister N Biren Singh that the Congress broke the nation and that the BJP unified the nation.
During a press conference at Congress Bhawan, BT Road Imphal West on Monday, MPCC vice-president Hareshwar Goshwami, citing media reports about Chief Minister N Biren Singh indirectly criticizing Congress party’s recent Bharat Jodo Yatra, called on the BJP leaders to recall India's history.
The comment passed by N Biren Singh that Congress is good at dividing the nation and the BJP unified nation is not acceptable at all, he said.
He reminded that the Congress party had launched the Bharat Jodo Yatra with an objective to save India from the hands of the BJP. With the advent of BJP-led government in the country, freedom of speech, secularism has been completely diluted and price of essential commodities has increased while hatred and enmities are being spread amongst various communities, he stated.
Hareshwar said that the Congress has been playing a role in shaping the future of India since pre-independence.
The Indian National Congress was formed in 1885 and various movements were launched to get India freedom from clutches of the then British India. Some of them were Non-Cooperation Movement, Swadeshi Movement.
Purna Swaraj, Salt Satyagraha, Quit India Movement etc. Besides this, Congress played a crucial role to prevent the partition of Bengal but later it was divided, he said.
During pre-independence period, the Congress movement was Bharat Sodo Yatra but now the movement has been shifted to Bharat Jodo Yatra as there is utter failure in the BJP government, he added.
He also highlighted that the BJP was one of the parties that was never concerned about unifying India. History proves that how the then leaders of BJP and its associated leaders attempted to break India into two. It was the leader of Hindu Mahasabha that conceptualised “Two Nation Theory” in the country, he stated.
While condemning the statement of Biren that Manipur would be much ahead had the BJP government come earlier, he said, “The BJP was already in the state for the past four decades. Why didn’t you (Biren) join the BJP from that period? The BJP flourished in the state due to the sacrifices of some dedicated workers who have been sincerely working from an early period and not by you, the recently elected legislatures”.