Biren assures not to disappoint people

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 9, 2019: Manaipur chief minister N. Biren Singh assured his government will never disappoint the people’s trust to the government and will not act against the aspiration and wishes of the people while assuring to protect the indigenous people of the state at any cost.

Considering the recent developments and people’s protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the entire Northeast India, the government is holding a series of meeting since yesterday, Biren said.

The chief minister was attending the observance 185th death anniversary of Maharaj Gambhir Singh held at Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Langthabal, Imphal West today.

It is true that the country has a federal structure however the Centre can’t impose any policies which are unacceptable to the state government. The government will stand by its people and the decision of the state Legislative Assembly, he added. He mentioned that a Cabinet decision would be taken on Thursday and a ministerial team will pressurise the Centre to give assent to the Manipur People’s Protection Bill 2018 before the Citizenship Amendment Bill comes into force. The government always opens its door to discuss any sensitive issue that affects the state and its people, he added.

The chief minister highlighted that the present government, after patiently hearing the voice and considering the sentiments of the people, had already passed the Manipur People’s Protection Bill to preserve the rights and protect the indigenous people of the state. He appealed the people of the state not to have fear psychosis, anxiety and apprehension regarding the citizenship bill.

On the anniversary occasion, Biren announced that the Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh would be developed into a distinct park cum museum. History and timeline of various Kings since 33 A.D will be engraved on the walls of the park so that people can easily understand the history of Manipur, he added. He appealed the intellectuals, experts and historians to support the government in such initiative.

Lauding the sacrifice and courage of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh, Heerachandra and other unsung heroes of the state, Biren said what we are today is because of the selfless sacrifice made by our forefathers. Stating that some people and communities are trying to deconstruct the history, he lamented that history can never be distorted as history is the account of the facts happened in the past. We need to re-read and introspect the history so as to bring peace, harmony and integrity in the state, he added.

The chief minister unveiled the statues of Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Heerachandra.

Floral tributes were paid to the portraits of the heroes. A guard of honour and sounding of last post was paid as a mark of respect to them.

Art and culture minister L. Jayantakumar Singh, consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam, Manipur titular king Meidingu Leisemba Sanajaoba were also present among others.

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