Congress leader swears by State's integrity
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 11: Union Minister Vijay Krishnan Handique has assured that not an inch of land from Manipur would be parted, leave alone the question disturbing its territorial integrity.

Addressing an election meeting of the Congress party at Luwangshangbam NISU ground under Heingang AC today, the Union Minister, who is an elected MP from Assam, pointed out that there is strong opposition against any move to disturb the existing boundaries of the North Eastern States and the issue is being discussed with the seriousness it deserves with the Centre.

However, one thing is sure that Manipur will not lose even an inch of her land, he added.

Maintaining that there can be no development if there is no stable Government, the Union Minister asserted that the during its full five year rule the Congress-led Government in Manipur has not only brought development on various fronts but the financial position of the State too has improved appreciably.

After six months of diligent planning for development of rural areas under the overall supervision of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Bharat Nirman Programme has been launched, he said, adding that Manipur would benefit the most from this programme and it is in the hands of the people whether this development programme should continue or not after the election.

Union Minister Oscar Fernandes who also attended the meeting also asserted that the Congress has not only be able to provide a stable Government but also bring development in Manipur.

If a Congress led Government is installed once again after the election, then the people can rest assure that there would be peace and integrity, Fernandes said.

He further said that to solve the problem of power and water scarcity in Manipur, the Government has already provided the required fund.

Special attention would also be paid for development of industries and irrigational facilities, he said.

Moreover, efforts are on to develop the three National Highways passing through Manipur to solve the problem of transportation of goods and other essential commodities from outside Manipur due to frequent imposition of bandhs and blockades.

Stating that AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh have been taking special interest in Manipur, the Union Minister said Sonia Gandhi would be coming to the State for the second time tomorrow and would address the people at two different places.

He also appealed to the people to support and can cast their votes in favour of Congress candidate of Heingang AC and help in setting up a stable Govt led by Congress party.

Speaking at the occasion, N Biren also spoke during the meeting expressing his gratefulness to all the people who attened the meeting.