Imphal, Dec. 29: Manipur PCC president Gaikhangam, who cautioned party leaders and workers yesterday to learn lessons from the loss of the party in the Assembly elections, today expressed confidence that the Congress was firm in the saddle in the state.
“We are fully prepared for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held next year. We will retain both the Inner and Outer Manipur seats,” he said.
The Congress leader’s confidence is based on the fact that the party has 42 members in the 60-member Assembly.
“In addition to the 42 MLAs, some like-minded MLAs belonging to other parties have promised to work for the Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. There is no threat to the Congress in the state or at the Centre,” Gaikhangam said.
He also predicted today that the new government led by the Aam Aadmi Party would not last long.
Gaikhangam, who is also the home minister, said the Kejriwal government would crumble soon under the heavy unbearable burden of unfulfilled promises, which were made by him. “Promising things and translating them into action are two different things. Moreover, ruling a state and administration are not child’s play,” Gaikhangam told reporters here today.
He made it very clear that the Congress, which is backing the Aam Aadmi Party from outside, would be closely monitoring the style of administration and functioning of the new government.
“Soon after taking the oath yesterday he (Kejriwal) announced they would not do this, would do that. Let’s see how things turn out and how long his government lasts.”
Earlier, addressing the 90th Congress Seva Dal Day function at the party head office, he advised ministers and party MLAs to make it a habit to visit the party office regularly.
“The ministers and MLAs should turn up at the party office regularly to interact with the workers and people to understand their needs. This will improve the performance of the party and the government,” Gaikhangam said.
The PCC also observed the 157th death anniversary of Bir Tikendrajit, who was hanged by the British, at Congress Bhawan.