Sonia Gandhi woos Nungba with stability plank
Source: The Sangai Express

Khoupum, February 12: Relying on the tried and tested formula, Sonia Gandhi in her address to the public at Khoupum in Nungba AC, claimed that it is only the Congress party which can ensure political stability, development and peace in Manipur.

The meeting which was held near the residence of MPCC (I) president Gaikhangam was attended by a large number of people drawn from different villages lying within Nungba AC in Tamenglong district.

Gaikhangam is the Congress (I) candidate in Nungba AC.

Blowing the trumpet of the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi said that the Congress led SPF Government created political history in Manipur by becoming the first Government to last the full five year term.

The political stability that was witnessed during the five year term of the SPF Government was possible with the help and co-operation of the people, she noted.

After the Congress came to power at the Centre as well as in Manipur, numerous development projects have been taken up and a renewed thrust has been given to health and education, said Gandhi.

It is now up to the people to Manipur to ensure that the development projects are completed on time and more such projects are taken up in the future.

The AICC president also appealed to the people to come forward and cast their votes without any fear or apprehension for the Congress to ensure that the political stability continues.

Praising the State players for their excellent show at the ongoing National Games at Guwahati (Manipur is leading the medals tally), Sonia Gandhi said that there is strong likelihood of Manipur emerging as the champion State at the Games.

Acknowledging the crucial roles played by the women of Manipur, Sonia Gandhi said that Manipuri women have been helping in filling the family kitty by setting up Self Help Groups.

Expressing deep concern over the activities of militant groups, Sonia Gandhi said that political dialogue is needed to resolve the issue at hand.

Gun culture will not be able to solve the issue, she noted.

Chief Minister O Ibobi who was also present at the meeting appealed to the people to vote for the Congress so that its three candidates in Tamenglong district emerge victorious.

Tamenglong dist will go to the polls on February 23. The people should resist all organisations or individuals who try to coerce the voters to vote for a particular candidate, said Ibobi and urged all the exercise their rights without fear.

Union Minister Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing and other Congress leaders accompanied Sonia Gandhi.

A cultural dance was also staged for Sonia Gandhi and later she was attired in a traditional dress.