Imphal, Nov 12
Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh once more appealed the people of the state to remain calm as the state government has full faith to the central leadership in connection to the final settlement of the Naga issue.
“We trust our Union Home Minister as we honour our central leadership, he had assured us time and again that stakeholders of all neighbouring states will be consulted while bringing a final settlement to the Naga issue”, N. Biren Singh today said in a press conference held at his office.
“Our leaders have political commitment unlike other political party’s leaders and as our leaders had assured us that the settlement of the Naga issue will not affect the state of Manipur”, the Chief Minister said while appealing the people to stay calm.
“Give us some time as we are in the government, if we are helpless we will definitely come to the people for help”, Biren said with full confidence to the assurance given by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The Chief Minister appealed the people of the state particularly the COCMI and the Meira Paibis which is spearheading agitation due to apprehension on the safety of the integrity of the state, to lift the ban on Sangai Festival and to remain calm as the picture of insecurity may create bad impression to the tourists from outside the country. He said that during the last 2 and half years, the law and order condition of the state has been improved and relations between various communities of the state too have been strengthened restoring peace in the state. Postponing or rescheduling of the Sangai Festival will give unfriendly picture of the state to the tourists for things that are not going to happen.
“After our meeting with the Home Minister for the second time, the Governor of Nagaland who is also the interlocutor of FA with the NSCN-IM and NNPGs had stated that there will be no separate flag or constitution or greater Nagalim accepted in the settlement, it clearly indicates that territory of Manipur is safe”, N. Biren Singh attempting to clear the apprehension to the people of the state. He also said that the Union Home Minister had assured the state government team to meet with the Civil Society bodies of the state particularly the COCOMI for consultation of the agreement before bringing a final settlement. He also said that in the next one or two days the state government will invite the COCOMI and other stakeholders to have a discussion before meeting the Union Home Minister.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar, Works Minister Th. Bishwajit, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam, Health Minister L. Jyantakumar, CAP & PD Minister Karam Shyam, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Robindro, MLA of Thanga AC Robindro, MLA Dingo, MLA Sapam Ranjan among others were present during the press conference.
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