The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had reiterated its previous demand for the immediate removal of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and imposition of President’s Rule as the first step in resolving the unprecedented crisis in Manipur.
The resolution was taken during a meeting of the CWC held in New Delhi on October 9 which addressed critical issues and outlined its promises for the future.
As per the resolution, the meeting expressed its deep anguish on the collapse of constitutional government and the continuing humanitarian tragedy in Manipur.
“Even after more than five months, the PM has totally abandoned the people of Manipur and abdicated his constitutional responsibilities. Violent incidents have increased with numerous instances of vigilantism and threats by armed mobs. The Union government has completely failed in its duty to maintain public order and bridge the divisions between the communities.
The constitutional machinery in Manipur has broken down,” it mentioned.
The meeting also expressed concern over recent RBI data showing a five-decade low in the net financial assets of Indian households and stagnant real income growth.
They attributed this situation to the Modi government’s economic policies, calling for a comprehensive reset of economic policy to address unemployment and inequality.
Extending their heartfelt condolences to the people of Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kurseong in the wake of unprecedented floods and tragic losses, including those in the Indian armed forces, the meeting called upon the Union government to provide all necessary assistance to these regions.
It also urged for a non-partisan approach in declaring the recent tragedy in Himachal Pradesh as a national disaster.
The CWC meeting also highlighted the Indian National Congress pledged on several key initiatives which will be initiated by the government led by INC.
The pledged includes conducting a Nationwide Caste Census as part of the decadal Census (due in 2021), implementation of the 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative Assemblies, ensuring representation for women from marginalised groups, including SCs, STs, and OBCs, removal of the 50 per cent cap on reservations for OBCs, SCs, and STs.
The CWC, in the meeting, also strongly condemned the Modi government’s actions against journalists and writers, invoking anti-terror laws.
They further pointed out alleged government hypocrisy related to Chinese donations, investments, and border transgressions.