In a boost to the Congress party, a BJP councillor and two members of Moirang Municipal Council Ward No 2 along with their workers and another BJP councillor and a member of Kwakta Municipal Council Ward No I along with their workers, including former chairperson of the council, joined the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday.
A reception programme was organised at Congress Bhavan imphal in the presence of MPCC leaders to welcome the new members.
For Moirang Municipal Council, Ward No.2, councillor Heman(o) Romabal Devi, members Heman Babu Singh and Moirangthem Prameshwor Singh along with social workers Heman Tomboy SIngh, Konjenbam Nanda SIngh, Pukhram(o) Roboti Devi along with their workers joined the state Congress.
For Kwakta Municipal Council, councilor of Ward No.1 Md Azad Khan and member Md AbdulHassan along with social worker of Ward No.6 M Ziauddin (Oja ZIa), former chairperson of the municipal council Md Emamuddin (Nahatimba) along with their workers joined the state Congress.
Speaking at the reception programme, president of MPCC Okendro said that the BJP should stop making false promises and fooling the people. Many BJP supporters have joined the Congress party within the past few months because they believe in the ideology of the Congress.
Under the present government, local urban bodies such as the Municipal councils who are supposed to be self-governed have been controlled by the state government, said Oken. He added that any governance based on religion will not last long in a secular country.
Oken further expressed confidence that the Congress party will dominate the upcoming municipal election and even the assembly election.
He also alleged that untimely release of funds under the present government has hampered development works in different areas.
Vice president of MPCC, Tongbram Mangibabu said the Congress party believes that people of the state have started losing trust and faith towards the state government. The party believes that people of Moirang assembly constituency will surely support the Congress party.
General secretary of MPCC Mairembam Pritviraj said that the decision of sitting BJP councillors to join the Congress party will boost the spirit of the Congress party. He also informed that many developmental projects at Kwakta Municipal Council and Moirang Municipal Council were taken up during the Congress government in the state.
Pritviraj said that the new members have joined the Congress party since they believe in the ideology and principles of the Congress party.