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Manipur CM vows to protect interests of indigenous people
Correspondent
 IMPHAL, Jan 9 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that his Government would protect the indigenous people of the State at any cost. He was addressing a function held on the occasion of the 185th death anniversary of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at Langthabal in Imphal West district.

Minister for Art and Culture L Jayantakumar Singh, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam and titular king of Manipur Meidingu Leisemba Sanajaoba also attended the function.

The Chief Minister said that the Government would never betray the people’s trust or act against their wishes. In view of the latest development and public protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the North East, the Government has been holding a series of meetings since Tuesday.

The Centre cannot impose any policies which are unacceptable to the State Government, Biren Singh said and added that the Government would stand by its people and the decision of the State Legislative Assembly.

Pressure will be put on the Centre to give assent to the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 before the Citizenship Amendment Bill comes into force, the Chief Minister said, adding the Government is always open to discussing any sensitive issue that affects the State and its people.

Stressing that the Manipur People’s Protection Bill had already been passed by the Government to preserve the rights and protect the indigenous people of the State, Biren Singh appealed to the people of the State not to have any apprehensions regarding the citizenship Bill.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced that the samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh would be developed into a park-cum-museum. History and timeline of various kings since 33 AD will be engraved on the walls of the park, he added. Biren Singh urged intellectuals, experts and historians to support the Government’s initiative.

Earlier, the Chief Minister paid floral tribute on the portraits of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Meidingu Narasingh. A Manipur Rifles contingent presented a guard of honour and gun salute as a mark of respect to Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and other heroes.

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