Jailing Kishorechand was a shameful act of intolerance: Nabakishore
The INC candidate for the inner seat, O Nabakishore has slammed the ruling BJP government both in the centre as well in the state, as intolerant, which cannot accept any form of criticism. He said putting behind bars of journalist Kishorechand was shameful.
Nabakishore was speaking at an election campaign meeting at Mekola ground, Imphal West. Continuing his tirade against the BJP, he said it is for the first time in history that NSA was slapped against a journalist for expressing criticism against the government.
Recounting his early days of struggle, Nabakishore said he grew up as a poor student and had to go through a lot of struggle. He said he understands the suffering of the downtrodden people, and vowed to work for their welfare.
Former chief minister, O Ibobi, who also spoke in the campaign said the contributions and selfless services by someone like Nabakishore cannot remain hidden. The people will ultimately come to know of it without any publicity, while accusing the BJP of indulging in cheap publicity and propaganda.
Coming down heavily on the BJP and RSS for its idea of ‘one nation, one religion’, Ibobi observed that Muslim women may even be forced to apply ‘sindur’ if the BJP returns to power after the Lok Sabha election.
Alongside, the state Congress president, Gaikhangam stated that the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha election should not be taken lightly as it will decide the fate of the people of the country and Manipur also.
While contending that the people were made to suffer in the last five years of BJP led NDA government, he asserted that the BJP government is only expert in making empty promises and false claims. He further asked what significant people oriented programmes the BJP government has taken up in the last five years.
Gaikhangam went on to charge that earlier, the people used to be afraid of insurgents but now they are more afraid of BJP. He maintained that freedom of speech and expression has been curtailed, economy has experience downfall and GDP has decreased under the BJP government. Policies like GST and demonitisation have failed considerably and only caused sufferings to the poor people. It is failures after failures for the BJP government, he added.
He went on to allege the NDA government led by the BJP as anti-people, anti-national, which always suppresses the voice of the people. As such, the people will exercise anti-incumbency vote against the BJP in the ongoing Lok Sabha election, he asserted.
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