Manipur not like Kashmir: CM Biren Singh

Imphal, October 8: Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that Manipur is not like Kashmir and that the situation in the state has become relatively peaceful now.

“The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has already been lifted from municipal areas.And as national integration and unity of India are important, lifting it (Act) from rural areas will take a little more time,” he said while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018, Kolkata.

Biren also said that  identifying aggressors in Manipur is difficult since “everything happens internally”.

He also mentioned that the Naga Accord, which is yet to come into effect, will not lead to any unrest in Manipur.

The Chief Minister also said that the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has “nothing to do with Manipur”.

“The only similarity between the Manipuri People’s Protection Bill and NRC is s that both seek to identify people who aren’t Indians. The protection bill is a regulatory bill that will not deny anyone the right to settle or buying property,” he said.

Biren also said that like Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, he too was unhappy with Rahul Gandhi not paying heed his requests and hence took exit from Congress.

“He (Gandhi) listened, but he did not act. I repeatedly went and requested him that some changes are needed in the party…otherwise Manipur is going to be broken,” he said.

“The Congress governments at the Centre had not done enough for the development of the Northeast. Even after 70 years of Independence, Manipur did not have a direct flight from Delhi to Imphal. Things started changing under the Narendra Modi-led NDA government,” he added.