Congress launches nationwide ‘Speak up India’ campaign

One can take part in the AICC online campaign by posting their live videos at any of the social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, the party said

Manipur Congress president, M Okendro said on Wednesday that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) will start a nationwide online media campaign ‘Speak up India’ from Thursday, demanding that a sum of Rs 10,000 should be deposited to the bank accounts of each migrant worker, including those in the state.

In a press conference held at the state party office located at BT Road, Imphal, he said the campaign will be carried out to raise the issues of people in distress and appeal the union government to consider the demands made by the Congress party.

One can take part in the campaign by posting their live videos at any of the social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, he said. The campaign is to be conducted by taking live interviews of migrant workers and posting videos provided by AICC social media department, he added.

He said the campaign will demand the transfer of Rs 10,000 immediately to all the poor families from Rs 20 lakh crore which was sanctioned by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The campaign also demands to provide financial help to small businesses so that the middle class has money in their hand, he informed.

Okendro further said the transport should be made available for all migrant workers without charge to ensure their safe return home. Employment opportunities should be provided to the workers, and working days under MNREGA should be increased to 200 days in a year instead of 100 days, he added.

One can join the campaign at INC Manipur@INCManipur for twitter; Indian National Congress-Manipur for Facebook; Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee for YouTube and can send the interviewed videos at 6009961520 through whatsapp, he informed.

Meanwhile, the state congress legislature party leader, Okram Ibobi said the Congress party will not conduct delimitation process for Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh based on 2001 census report.

If the delimitation is made to conduct forcibly in Manipur, then it might lead to a huge problem in sorting out district boundaries of the state, he added.

The population has been increasing drastically in some assembly segments of the state whereas it is increasing normally for others assembly segments, he informed.

He further said, the state Congress party had been demanding not to conduct delimitation of district boundaries based on 2001 census report though the Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced to conduct delimitation for the four states based on 2001 census report.

ECI has deferred the delimitation work till 2026 for other states, he further said while adding conducting of delimitation work for the four states based on 2001 census report is highly condemnable. Delimitation might affect geographical unity of the state, said Ibobi.

State congress party will not oppose the adding of assembly segments in some districts but will not accept any delimitation work based on 2001 census report which is not a genuine data, he asserted.

Ibobi continued that ‘speak up India’ is to be conducted for the migrant workers who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. He said AICC is expecting that over 50 lakh users will take part in the campaign. 

First Published:May 27, 2020, 10:17 p.m.