NPF no threat to Manipur's integrity, says CM

IMPHAL, 23rd July: Claiming that the three-month old BJP-led coalition government has managed to undertake all the activities which the previous Congress government cannot achieve in 15 years, chief minister N Biren has pointed out that the Naga Peoples' Front (NPF), which many observed should not be an alliance partner of the new government or wished to be prevented from joining the Manipur Legislative Assembly, has pledged to preserve the territorial integrity of Manipur. He was addressing party members during a state executive meeting of BJP Manipur Pradesh at Classic Grande here on Sunday.

Biren said forget about lifting the indefinite economic blockade and ending the Churachandpur imbroglio, NPF, which was once shunned by the then Congress government with the suspicion that it will dismember Manipur if it enters the State Legislative, has openly extended support to the present government by pledging to protect Manipur's territorial integrity.

The state government has been able to bring a sense of humanity among people by creating unity among different communities after following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's and BJP National President Amit Shah's belief that politics is not confined to infrastructural development alone, Biren said.

The two national highways were repaired as soon as their conditions deteriorated. However the Congress government assured to replace Barak and Maku bridges with RCC bridges without laying the foundation stone in the last 15 years, Biren said, asserting that he will give credit where it is due, censure anything which is objectionable and confess his mistake, if he commits any.

Even after the party-led coalition government has taken up measures to check corruption by making its anti-graft stand public, it is not an easy task to monitor party members to ensure that they do not indulge in this practice, he conceded, stressing that the government honours the public and is scare of earning their displeasure, and so it is essential to maintain the trust.

Declaring that DPR for repairing Singhat road has been prepared, the chief minister said that the Central government takes Manipur seriously as it is situated in a border area with a very hostile China not very far away.

Meanwhile, the BJP state executive meeting has adopted a resolution to protect state's territorial integrity by prioritising it above everything else. CM Biren declared that keeping the territorial integrity of Manipur intact is the objective of the BJP while also disclosing that the meeting resolved to allocate due welfare benefits to the homeless and other needy individuals.

BJP Manipur in-charge Prahlad Patel, works minister Th Biswajit and Rajya Sabha MP and BJP Manipur Pradesh president Ksh Bhabananda were also present during the event.

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