Sielmat (Manipur): Pu N. Biren Singh made his maiden visit to the hill district of Churachandpur as chief minister on May 6 and he did it in style with his “Churachandpur, I Love” speech.
Gracing the one-day seminar on “Communal Harmony: Bridging the Gap” as chief guest at the Lamka Press Club here, the chief minister explicitly expressed his love for the people of Churachandpur and he told them to “keep an eye on me” as “I’m not a CM that says one thing and do nothing.”
The seminar was jointly organised by The Editor’s Guild Manipur and the Manipur Hill Journalists Union.
Pu Biren appreciated the efforts of the JACAATB leaders in trying to find a solution to the “anti-tribal bills” issues. “Talks are continuing on the three bills and an agreement may be reached in the near future.”
He also offered his condolences to the parents of the “nine martyrs” who were killed in police firings during the protest against the “anti-tribal bills”. “I give my respect to the nine martyrs and to the family for bearing the pain this far,” he said. The tribal leaders have refused to bury the mortal remains of the dead which are kept in the district hospital morgue for over 600 days now.
“Some tribes in Churachandpur told me they wanted to organise a reception for the new CM… Let negotiations with the JACAATB takes its final conclusion, after which, I request all the tribes in Churachandpur to come together an organise that reception. Then, we’ll all laugh together,” Pu Biren said.
Other highlights of the Chief Minister’s Speech:
+ Lamka College Students Union’s petition for inclusion of four new subjects into their syllabus will be taken up soon.
+ Will meet ZSF leaders to discuss PG courses for Churachandpur and Lamka Colleges.
+To look into construction site for Lamka Press Club
+ Government welcomes Hills Journalist Union’s request for space in the state capital Imphal.
While many are optimistic about the new BJP government in the state, there are also people who wondered whether the chief minister’s “love story” with the tribals will have a happy ending.