As Manipur will elect a new assembly early next year, chief minister N. Biren Singh flew to Delhi recently for “blessings” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as senior BJP leaders to get into election action. Speaking with Bhavna Vij-Aurora, he aired his thoughts on a range of issues such as poll preparation, interstate border disputes, a spike in the state’s Covid-19 caseload, and arrests of journalists under sedition and national security laws. Excerpts:
ON ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: I met the prime minister, Union home minister, party president Nadda-ji and other senior leaders. I came to Delhi to seek their blessings as I am going to the maidan and will start my campaign. Our commitment is to maintain peace for another five years and create jobs. The priority is to sustain a peaceful and harmonious relationship between the people in the hills and the valley. For job creation, the focus is on encouraging entrepreneurship through start-ups and skill development, and to ensure the schemes reach the maximum number of people.