IMPHAL, Jan 9 (IFP): “India has a federal structure. The State government will not follow every instructions of the Centre, we have a stance of the State Assembly as per the interest of the public,” said chief minister N. Biren.
He was delivering the chief guest’s speech during the observance of the 185th Death Anniversary of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at the Samadhi of the Maharaja in Langthabal (Canchipur), organised by State Archaeology department of Arts and Culture.
The chief minister further said, “The Indian Constitution has provided a big room to protect the minority peoples. Anyhow, we will not let outsiders become citizens of the State.”
Asserting that the State government will hold a cabinet meeting tomorrow and will give a strong pressure to the Centre on the January 12 National Conference to assent the Manipur People Protection Bill, 2018 before the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is turned into an Act, he apprised the public not to be apprehensive and expose anxiety regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Biren claimed that non-locals becoming majority in Jiribam and Moreh is due to political defects in the past years and is not a fault of the present government.
The present government is working at its best level to stop the influx of illegal migrants in the State by deploying security forces in border areas, installation of check-posts, identifying and sending back of Rohingyas, he pointed out.
Asserting that the government will not oppose any reasonable agitations but not tolerate unreasonable agitations, and its doors are always open to discuss any sensitive issues, he assured that the government will not change its stance to save the indigenous people.
Lauding the courage and patriotism of Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narasingh, Sana Herachandra and other unsung heroes who fought against the Awa invasion of Manipur, he said if they did not fight against the Awas, Manipur might not have existed today as per the 1822 map in the British Museum.
History cannot be rewritten; it will always be a fact so we need to re-read and learn from the past history of Manipur about the close bonds, love and relations maintained between the different communities settled in Manipur, added the CM.
The chief minister also announced that details of the kings of Manipur starting from the time of Eningthou Pakhangba (33 AD) will be encrypted on the wall of the Samadhi to make it a unique historical park of the State, where people from outside the State can be guided there if they wanted to know the history of the State.
The government is working very hard to bring changes in the State where there is no hatred among different communities, eradicate poverty and unemployment.
During the observance, the chief minister offered floral tributes to the statue of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and also unveiled the statues of Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra.
Guard of honour, gun salutes and sounding of last posts were also given to the statues.
The observation was attended by Art and Culture minister, L. Jayantakumar as president, Revenue minister, Karam Shyam and titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba as guests of honour along with other ministers, MLAs and top officials of the State.