Manipur chief minister, O. Ibobi Singh, and BJP Manipur unit on Thursday took a dig at Nagaland chief minister, T.R. Zeliang for his speech on Wednesday during the ‘1st Conference of the Naga Village Authority of South Nagalim’ at Senapati, Manipur.
Reacting to Zeliang’s speech, Manipur chief minister, Ibobi urged his counterpart to stop dreaming of things that would never become a reality. While on the other hand, BJP Manipur unit said that the party would not remain as silent spectator if any force attempted to disintegrate Manipur.
Ibobi also urged Zeliang not to play communal politics by taking a next to impossible agenda. “Manipur is like a mini-India and the people here are living in harmony since time immemorial. Please stop inciting communal venom in the state. Stop trying to create misunderstanding among the different communities. Your dream will never come to reality,” Ibobi said.
Ibobi claimed that everybody knew who were behind Zeliang’s government. “We all know that who are behind your government. Your government is running under the mercy of certain organisation. It is also known that you will be ousted if not follow by their diktat,” said Ibobi.
Manipur chief minister also asked Zeliang “not to talk too much without knowing the historical facts”.
Ibobi said the history of Manipur goes back to 2000 or more years while Nagaland was created only in 1963 by carving out a small portion of Assam after the region became part of Indian Union.
Ibobi said Manipur was never a part of India even after the Union got independence from British. As an independent nation, he said Manipur has a long history associated with both hills and valley.
Ibobi reminded that ethnic communities of Manipur were living in harmony for more than 2000 years and it would be impossible to disintegrate the bond of brotherhood among the different communities.
He asserted that no force can break the territorial integrity of Manipur and asked his counterpart to stop dreaming of distorting the state.
Manipur chief minister also urged his counterpart to stop interfering in the affairs the state, saying Manipur would not give “a needle-prick’s land” to others.
Talking to reporters at its office in Imphal, state BJP leaders said that the party would always stand against any attempt to break the territorial integrity of Manipur.
They maintained that party would never compromise state’s territorial integrity and its boundary. The state BJP insisted that Manipur government file a criminal case against TR Zeliang.
State BJP spokesperson, O Joy, said the party would welcome if the Nagaland chief minister discussed about promotion and protection of culture and tradition of a community and their development. However, he said the party objected the visit that discussed on South Nagaland or any other agenda that hurt the interest of integrity of the state.
Joy said Zeliang’s statement was tantamount to instigating disintegration not only Manipur but also unity of India. Manipur government must take up legal action against T.R. Zeliang, Joy demanded.
Many leaders of the party, who were present at the news conference, insisted the state government file a criminal case against the chief minister of Nagaland. They further demanded the state government take necessary steps to ban visit of Nagaland chief minister to the state like NSCN (I-M) leader Th Muivah was prevented from entering the state.