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Militants cannot dictate government, says Ibobi

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 21
Published on 21 Jan. 2017 11:27 PM IST
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Manipur celebrates 45th statehood day
Not all people are supporting militants or their frontal organizations and people are fed up with these elements, Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh said Saturday.
Addressing at the 45th Statehood Day at old Secretariat hall, the chief minister alleged that some militant groups and civil society organizations are making efforts to take people to the direction they wish.
However under any circumstances, his government will not go by their dictate, Ibobi asserted.
“I am not challenging them but it is true that people yearn for peace and development,” Ibobi said, and added that peaceful atmosphere will pave the way for speedy development of the state.
He also urged militants operating in both hills and valley to shun violence and come to the dialogue table to resolve issues amicably. “Every problem can be resolved through dialogue. Do come to the negotiating table. It may take time to implement but all their demands can be considered if it is within the purview of the state subject,” Singh said.
The state government has always opened its door for reasonable dialogues through democratic ways, he added.
Singh also highlighted the achievements made by the state after it attained statehood on January 21 in 1972.
He said that the state has moved forward in various fields in the last few decades. Developments are taking place and will go as it is an unending process. “Manipur, despite being a small state in comparison to other larger states of the country, has achieved admirable achievements in several priority sectors, he said.
Despite the fund constraints, the state had managed to take up developmental projects particularly in the health sector, said Singh.
Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam who presided over the function said that government is making efforts to make Manipur at par with other advanced states of the country.
Asserting that January 21 was a day to remember, he remembered the then prime minister of the country Indira Gandhi who declared Manipur as full-fledged state of the country along with Tripura and Meghalaya.

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