Manipur CM urges public to trust his govt

Manipur CM urges public to trust  his govt
Manipur CM N Biren and his cabinet colleagues at a press conference held at CM secretariat in Imphal on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 12 | Publish Date: 11/12/2019 12:20:42 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday called the people and CSOs of the state to have trust in his government, saying the state government fully trust the assurance given by the Centre of not harming state’s integrity while settling the vexed Naga political issue.

Singh further appealed to the people and CSOs to remain calm until the Central government invites stakeholders for consultation before hammering out an amicable solution to Naga issue. 

The chief minister made the appeal through the media at a press conference held at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday. Urging the public to have trust in the government, Singh informed that in their last meeting on November 10 with state government team led by him, Union home minister Amit Shah reiterated Central government’s firm commitment to safeguard the interest of Manipur.

The home minister assured that anything detrimental to Manipur’s interest would never be done in the process of bringing a final solution to the Naga peace process, he claimed. 

The chief minister observed that the same commitment of the Central government was clearly reflected in the latest public statement of Nagaland Governor and Naga peace talks’ interlocutor RN Ravi as well. 

“As such, it is time to maintain calm until the Central government invites stakeholders for discussion to find a final agreement with the Nagas,” he observed. Singh further informed that the Union home minister also assured them that all the stakeholders would be consulted before inking a final accord with the Naga rebel groups. 

He said that his government has full trust in the Central leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi that they would keep their word on the issue.

While urging the people of state to have confidence with his government as well, he informed that Centre was likely to begin consultation of stakeholders soon.

Singh said that the state government desired to meet the members of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and other stakeholders before consultations with the Centre commence.

Claiming that Manipur has been able to march forward and achieve different developmental goals in various fields in the past two and half years thereby sending out a positive message to the world that it is no more a strife-torn zone, the chief minister observed that this hard-earned new image should never be shattered at any cost. 

Opining that boycott call or demand for postponement of state’s biggest tourism festival Manipur Sangai Festival may send out wrong message to the outside world, he urged the CSOs and people of the state not to disturb the festival.

Mention may be made there that COCOMI had announced boycotting the upcoming tourism festival due to commence from November 21.

He said that the state government is fully confident that all the indigenous people of the state would live together forever and no land or community or group would be separated from Manipur. 

As such, nobody should do anything which may disturb communal harmony at this crucial juncture. The chief minister also urged the media to extend co-operation to the government in maintaining calm and oneness among people.

Urging the public not to be too apprehensive, the chief minister said that the state government was working day and night to live up to people’s expectations and fulfil their desires. 

He said that within the short tenure of the incumbent government, Assembly resolution on protecting state’s territorial integrity had been held twice although similar resolutions on the same issue had been taken 10 times during the tenure of the earlier government.

Ever since the October 31 deadline for concluding Naga peace talks was set, the state government had series of consultations with different CSOs and community leaders besides holding all political parties meeting and convening numerous meetings of MLAs of ruling parties, the chief minister said.

He added that resolutions of these meetings were forwarded and submitted to the Central leaders. As such, the Central government understands the wish of the people of Manipur, he added.

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