Mnp Cong burns Haryana CM effigy, seeks apology

Mnp Cong burns Haryana CM effigy, seeks apology
Manipur Congress workers engaged in scuffle with police who tried to snatch effigy of Haryana CM in Imphal on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 18 | Publish Date: 10/18/2019 11:34:52 AM IST

Congress workers in Manipur had a scuffle with the police outside MPCC office in Imphal on Friday after the police intervened to foil a bid to burn down effigy of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

The Congress party across the country has been protesting against the recent ‘derogatory ‘remarks of the Haryana chief minister against Congress president Sonia Gandhi using the Hindi saying “Khoda pahad nikli chuhiya”.

Joining protests and demanding an apology from the BJP leader and incumbent chief minister of election-bound Haryana chief minister, leaders of state Congress along with a large number of workers staged a sit-in-protest outside Imphal Congress Bhavan today.

During the protest, Congress leaders and workers held placards protesting against Khattar and his ‘derogatory’ remark.

Among them the placards, the one held by the former chief minister and opposition leader O Ibobi Singh read as “CM Khattar say “sorry” to Soniaji for your indecent remark” while that held by MPCC president Gaikhangam read “Withdraw the unparliamentary remarks by Haryana CM against Smt Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble president AICC”.

As the protest came to a close, Congress workers attempted to burn an effigy of Haryana chief minister in front of the Congress Bhavan. In a bid to foil the burning of the effigy, police who were on duty to keep watch on the activities of the protestors tried to snatch the effigy which led to a scuffle. After a brief scuffle, the police snatched the effigy after which they forced all workers and leaders inside the Congress Bhavan and closed the gate. No injury on both side were reported in the scuffle.

However, Congress workers brought out another effigy of Haryana chief minister and burn down it inside the Congress Bhavan while shouting various slogans against BJP and Khattar.

MPCC president Gaikhangam who later spoke to reporters at his office strongly condemned the police action against party leaders and workers saying that they were staging the protest in a very democratic way. He further strongly condemned the derogatory remarks made by Haryana chief minister against Sonia Gandhi and demanded an apology from the BJP leader at the earliest.

Gaikhangam said that making such indecent remark by a BJP chief minister has not only dragged down himself but the party.

The remarks he had made were not only indecent and low-level but also anti-women. His remarks reflected anti-women character of the BJP, he said.

“Khattar’s remarks are unparliamentary, he stooped to the lowest level and it also shows his deficit leadership quality,” the MPPC president mocked.

He added, “We strongly condemn his remark and demand that he must immediately tender an apology”.

Former state chief minister O Ibobi Singh termed Khattar’s remark as most uncivilised statement made by a politician and it reflected the morale status of the BJP leader.

 “The Congress will give it a befitting reply,” Singh said and reiterated that Khattar’s remarks against the Congress president were deplorable and unparliamentarily.

His remarks were a clear reflection of his and the BJP’s disrespectful attitude towards women, he added.


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