Biren to request Centre

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 31, 2019: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said he would request him to review the prevailing situation of Manipur and the North East during a meeting of the chief ministers of North East states yesterday.

He said the state government has been observing the situation and continuously conveying the apprehension felt by the people of the state to the Centre. He said he would try at the best level to convince the Union home minister to clear people’s doubt and apprehension first before carrying out any future course of action.

Biren was talking to reporters at Gandhi memorial hall where the Martyrs’ Day was observed in commemoration of the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Governor Najma Heptulla and Biren graced the observance as the chief guest and president respectively.

 A siren was sounded from 10.59 am till 11 am as signal for observance of two minutes silence and another siren from 11.02 am to 11.03 am as closing signal. People stood up wherever they were as soon as they heard the first siren to observe two minutes silence to mark respect to the Father of the Nation and all the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the Indian freedom struggle.

Ministers, MLAs, high ranking civil and police officers and people from different walks of life attended the observance.

The governor and the chief minister led the gathering in offering floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Heptulla said Martyrs’ Day is the day when people devote to Mahatma Gandhi’s message of service and sacrifice towards the nation. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of the nation, the governor said that people should rededicate themselves towards the service of the nation while observing the day.

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