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CWC passes condolence resolutions on loss of lives in Manipur, Himachal

The new Congress Working Committee (CWC) has a strong focus on creating a detailed plan to ensure the party's victory in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

On September 16, the CWC, which is the highest decision-making body of the Congress party, passed resolutions expressing condolences for the loss of lives in the ethnic violence in Manipur and the natural disaster in Himachal Pradesh.

During its first meeting since its reconstitution, the CWC also paid tribute to the veteran leader and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who passed away.

In the resolution regarding Manipur, the CWC expressed deep sorrow and concern about the ongoing ethnic violence in the state. The resolution stated that the people of Manipur have suffered immense devastation, with over 200 lives lost, more than 500 people injured, and over 5,000 homes destroyed due to arson-related incidents. Additionally, over 60,000 people have been displaced and are living in challenging conditions in relief camps. Schools and colleges remained closed for nearly three months, adversely affecting the education of children and youths in Manipur. The resolution highlighted that the lives and livelihoods of a significant portion of the population in Manipur are in jeopardy. The CWC extended heartfelt condolences and pledged support for the rehabilitation of the affected people.

In the resolution concerning Himachal Pradesh, the CWC appealed to the central government to prioritize humanitarian assistance over political considerations and declare the situation as a national disaster while providing financial aid. The resolution expressed deep condolences and solidarity with the people of Himachal Pradesh, who suffered due to heavy rain, devastating floods, and landslides. It was reported that approximately 430 people lost their lives, with 39 still missing. Many farmers lost their crops, and over 12,000 homes were destroyed, causing extensive damage to property and critical infrastructure, estimated at more than Rs 13,000 crore. The CWC emphasized the Congress government's commitment to rebuilding Himachal Pradesh and compensating those affected by the disaster. They also praised the efforts of Congress volunteers in relief and rescue operations.

In remembrance of Oommen Chandy, the CWC acknowledged his significant contributions to the Congress party and the state of Kerala.

During this meeting, top Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress president, former party chiefs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and various Chief Ministers, discussed strategies to secure victory in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The meeting was attended by leaders such as Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Siddaramaiah, and general secretaries KC Venugopal and Jairam Ramesh.

Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal