Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday canvassed votes for BJP candidates for the upcoming State Assembly elections in Tripura which will go to polls on February 16.
The Chief Minister attended All Tripura Manipuri Convention 2023 organised by the Tripura Manipuri Development Demand Committee held at Basic Training College ground, Kumari Tilla, Agartala.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, Chief Minister Biren recounted the age-old historical relationship and mutual co-operation extended
between Manipur and Tripura since the time of monarchy, saying the Government of Manipur
will always stand by the Manipuris in Tripura in the hour of need.
He said that the Government of Tripura needs to be convinced about the indispensable relationship existed for decades between Manipur and Tripura from time to time.
He said that the Government of Manipur has been standing by the Manipuris scattered in Bangalandesh, Assam and Tripura.
He said that social and living condition of around 5 lakh Manipuri populace in Assam was in a pathetic condition as Manipuri candidates were not allowed to appear in exam conducted by Assam State Public Service Commission in Manipuri language.
There were objections to granting special minority status to backward Manipuris. Manipuris are lagging behind the development in Assam. However, Manipuris in Assam have seen a ray of development after Chief Minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma-led BJP goverment came to power in Assam, he said.
Biren said that the Government of Manipur
has talked to Assam counterpart for development of Manipuris in Assam. The Government of Assam has assured to include Manipuri language in APSC exam and grant special status to the Manipuris, he added.
He further said that a BJP government need to be inducted in Tripura for development and welfare of the four lakh Manipuri population in Tripura.
BJP is such a party that respects and shows concern for the Manipuris. The BJP government renamed Mount Harriet in Andaman & Nicobar Island as Mount Manipur where the then Manipur King Kullachandra was exiled after the Anglo- Manipur War 1891.
Manipuris should never forget such acts of the BJP. The historical Kangla Nongpok Thong has been reopened recently. Opening of Kangla Nongpok Thong will bring peace, prosperity and progress of Manipuris living inside and outside Manipur, the Chief Minister said.
During the function, Tripura Manipuris submitted a memorandum to Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha demanding various development works for the Manipuris. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha assured that he will try to fulfill the demands in consultation with the Chief Minister of Manipur.
CAF&PD Minister L Susindro, Works Minister K Govindas Konthoujam, BJP Manipur Pradesh President A Sharda, MLA RK Imo and several other leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh also
attended the function.
Polling for the 60 seats of Tripura will take place on February 16 and the results will be declared on March 2. The term of Tripura Assembly will end on March 22.