Manipur Progressive Secular Alliance releases 18-point agenda
Imphal, Feb. 5 (EMN): The Congress and five political parties on Saturday named their alliance as Manipur Progressive Secular Alliance (MPSA) and released their 18-point election agenda for the ensuing 12th Manipur Assembly elections on February 27 and March 3.
On January 27, Congress and five political parties namelyCPI, CPI (M), RSP, Janata Dal (S) and Forward Block announced a pre-poll alliance to defeat the BJP-led government in Manipur.
Parliamentary Committee chairman and Congress election observer in charge for Manipur Jairam Ramesh, former Chief Minister and CLP leader O Ibobi and CPI National Executive member Dr. Moirangthem Nara led representatives of five political parties-CPI,CPI(M), RSP, Janata Dal (S) and Forward Block, were present during the election agenda releasing function at Congress Bhavan in Imphal.
The 18th point election agenda of the newly floated MPSA promised to secure the territorial integrity of Manipur and its historical boundaries, enact right to free healthcare law to benefit citizens of the economically weaker section, provide unemployment allowance to the youth and deliver effective welfare schemes for the poor, workers in unorganised sector and assured a secure future for their families.
It also promised to preserve, protect and promote communal harmony and peace in the state, bring about sustainable economic growth in the next five years to deliver economic justice ensuring livelihood income to every family.
Apart from promising to make Manipur self-sufficient in rice production, guarantee procurement of farmers’ produce and to ensure that one-crop farmers become two-crop and three-crop farmers in the next five years, the joint election agenda also promised to ensure the full implementation of Article 371(C) of the constitution.
It also promised to provide universal access to safe drinking water and uninterrupted power supply to every household and fight against drug menace by implementing the law without fear or favour and endeavour to bring its victims on the path to normalcy besides fulfilling the democratic aspiration of all regions and all people of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Jairam Ramesh said that all the alliance parties want a progressive secular government adding that it is common ideology, common values, common objectives, common progress that is more important. On the other hand CLP leader Ibobi said that the alliance was formed ‘in order to save the people of Manipur and also to save democracy’.