Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh visited New Delhi and met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday to discuss the ongoing situation in the violence-stricken northeastern state. This marked Singh’s first visit to the national capital since ethnic clashes erupted between the Meitei and Kuki communities on May 3, resulting in over 100 casualties and the displacement of more than 40,000 individuals.
The meeting between Singh and Shah took place a day after the Union Home Minister conducted an all-party meeting in Delhi to address the Manipur crisis. Opposition parties have been demanding Singh’s removal and the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
Taking to Twitter, Singh shared, “Called on Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah ji in New Delhi today and briefed about the evolving situation on the ground in Manipur. Under Amit Shah Ji’s close supervision, the State and Central Govt have been able to control the violence to a great extent in the past week.” He further added, “Hon’ble Union HM assured that the central government will take all possible steps to bring normalcy in Manipur.”
During the meeting, Singh highlighted that Shah urged him to intensify efforts towards achieving lasting peace and sought the cooperation of all stakeholders in Manipur to ensure the restoration of peace in the state. Accompanying the Chief Minister were BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra, Leishemba Sanajaoba (the titular king of Manipur and BJP Rajya Sabha MP), and Assembly Speaker T. Satyabrata Singh.
The Union Home Minister had previously visited Manipur for four days last month, where he interacted with various sections of society in an attempt to restore peace in the troubled region. Shah, during the all-party meeting on Saturday, emphasized the need for representatives of 18 political parties to have faith in the Centre’s efforts to monitor and restore normalcy in Manipur.
In another development, due to security concerns and the spread of rumors, the Manipur government extended the ongoing ban on internet services in the state, which started on May 3, for an additional five days until June 30.
Since the onset of the clashes on May 3, the violence has claimed the lives of at least 115 people, left over 300 injured, and displaced more than 40,000 individuals. The clashes were triggered by a proposal to grant scheduled tribe (ST) status to the Meitei community, which constitutes nearly 53% of Manipur’s total population.
The meetings between CM Biren Singh and Amit Shah, along with the all-party discussions, reflect the government’s commitment to restoring peace in Manipur and addressing the concerns arising from the recent violence. Efforts are underway to find a sustainable solution and bring normalcy back to the affected communities.
Sources By Agencies