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Don’t meddle in other state’s affairs, says Gaikhangam

IMPHAL: Manipur deputy chief minister, Gaikhangam has come out strongly against the remarks made by leaders of neighbouring states with regard to the three bills passed by Manipur Assembly and the subsequent protests that followed.

He asked the leaders to “mind their own business and not to meddle in other’s state affairs”. He was reacting to remark made by Nagaland Rajya Sabha MP and the letter reportedly written by Mizoram chief minster to Prime Minster against the three bills passed by the state Assembly.

Gaikhangam, who is also the Manipur Congress chief, termed Nagaland Rajya Sabha MP, Khekiho Zhimomi’s suggestion to divide Manipur into two union territories in view of the prevailing turmoil, as irresponsible.

Regarding the reports of Mizoram’s chief minister letter, he said that a complaint has been made to the Congress Party’s high command.

As violence escalated coupled with agitations, chief ministers of Nagaland and Mizoram had also reportedly appealed to Centre to intervene.

“It would to better for these people to keep their own houses in order instead of meddling in other’s affairs,” Gaikhangam said.

“We have no interest in meddling in other’s affairs so we will not do it in the future too and have never done it in the past as well,” he said.

With regard to Outer Manipur MP Thangso Baite’s remark, Gaikhangam however defended the MP saying “he had already clarified that he was misquoted by the news agency”.

“It is simply not right for a leader of a state to interfere in another state’s issue. I on behalf of the state government as well as Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee would like to say that we are displeased with this act and also would like to make an appeal to all not to repeat such acts in the future,” he said.

When asked about the reports of some MLAs from the hill districts submitting their resignation, he said that the issue here was very sensitive and the government has not discussed the technicality of it. “Our focus for the time being is how to calm the situation down,” he added

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