The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), on the 139th foundation day of the Indian National Congress (INC), urged the various ethnic groups in Manipur to unite, aiming to restore the status of “Sana Leibak Manipur” in the upcoming year 2024.
The celebration at Congress Bhawan in Imphal featured the hoisting of the INC flag by MLA Th Lokeshwar, also the treasurer of MPCC, emphasising the party’s commitment to secularism and non-violence.
Speaking on the occasion, Lokeshwar aligned the similarities with the ideology of secularism and non-violence of the INC and that of the Meitei community.
Criticising both the central and state governments for their perceived failure to address the prevailing unrest in Manipur for almost the past eight months, he expressed concern that such negligence could be interpreted as an attempt to erode the unique arts, culture, traditions, and language of the Meitei community.
He asserted the Meitei community’s resilience, pledging that they would not accept any government attempts to disintegrate Manipur and called on all residents of Manipur to unite in addressing the challenges collectively.
The MLA also appealed to the media, urging responsible reporting and fact-checking to prevent the dissemination of news that could potentially hurt sentiments.
Looking ahead to 2024, Lokeshwar called for peace and tranquility in Manipur emphasising the need to restore the status of “Sana Leibak Manipur.”
The event was also attended by MPCC’s working president Kh Devabrata and vice-president Vidyapati Senjam, among other dignitaries.