N Biren Singh, who became Manipur’s first BJP CM, speaks to Oinam Sunil on the steps taken by him to improve the ties between his state and Nagaland.
On his role in improving Manipur-Nagaland ties
No state can ever think of changing its neighbours. We need to love and respect each other. I appreciate Shurhozelie’s visit to Manipur. I, too, want to visit his state soon by road. Both of us want to make a new start.
On reasons that kept Nagaland and Manipur apart
In the past, some leaders from both Nagaland and Manipur were working to promote their vested interests and did a lot of damage to the age-old ties between the two states. Shurhozelie, too, shares this view.
On frequent blockades of National Highway 2
The flow of essential commodi ties is normal now. My government will create a situation where we will not have such disruptions again.
On the Nagas’ demand for unification of Naga-dominated areas of other states
The Nagas of Manipur are our brothers and we will live together in Manipur. Nagaland is a good neighbour. NPF (which also supports the integration of Naga areas) has lent us unconditional support.
Source: Times of India