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We MLAs are elected by the people; we are for the people. Talk to us: Manipur CM

First Published: 26th May, 2023 18:16 IST

The CM appealed for peace and restraint and urged all with stolen arms to return before the combing operation starts

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today once again made a clarion call to every section of the society in the state to abjure violence and embrace peace. As sporadic incidents of violence are refusing to die, Chief Minister N Biren Singh highlighted that issues which led to the current situation are “complicated” and can only be resolved through proper dialogues.

Condemning the spate of attacks targeting ministers and MLAs in the state, Chief Minister N Biren Singh termed it very unfortunate. He said, “Now we need unity. There should not be division within the people of the state. These issues are very complicated and it can be settled only through Constitutional provisions and dialogue.”

The Manipur Chief Minister also sent out an open invitation for talks to all those who are steadfast on their demands and said, “They can talk with me, they can talk with my colleague ministers, MLAs. We MLAs are elected by the people and we are for the people. we will do whatever the people want. That is our commitment.”

“So I appeal to all the people of the state to take up measures so that we can have a peaceful coexistence in the state of Manipur,” N Biren Singh further said.

When asked if Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s proposed visit to the state would help in pacifying the situation, N Biren Singh stated, “We firmly believe because he is a capable leader. He knows everything and if he comes peace will come back again.”

The Manipur Chief Minister also appealed individuals to return arms and ammunition which they had snatched from security personnel during the peak of violence earlier this month and return at the earliest before the combing operations are launched by the security forces to avoid legal complications.

Regarding the security measures taken up, the Chief Minister said, “The state government has taken up many steps for deployment of state police forces alongwith the paramilitary forces and the Army. So far we have deployed over 34,000 paramilitary forces in 38 vulnerable areas mainly in the foothills, adjoining the valley areas and the hills”.

The Manipur Chief Minister also informed that Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai, accompanied by BJP Northeast-in-Charge Sambit Patra, are holding talks with the Civil Society Organisations (CSO)s for bringing peace and normalcy in the state.

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