Putting more stress on building a strong relationship with all north-eastern states that lies around it, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has expressed his interest to be strong friends with the neighbouring states and asked other people as well to "uphold the spirit of unity in diversity".
The Manipur CM urged the people of the state while attending and inaugurating the four-day Solung Festival of Adi community in East Siang district. Praising his neighbouring states, Singh said both Arunachal and Manipur are culturally rich states and practice rich songs and celebrations during its festivals. The tribal communities of both the states are traditionally rich to keep the states culturally and traditionally affluent.
Following this, Singh even invited the Arunachal cultural troupes to participate in the upcoming Sangai Festival in Manipur.
The Manipur CM said, "Arunachal in two years has taken a giant step towards development. It will be difficult for state like Manipur to catch up."
Notably, both the chief ministers of the two neighbouring states Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur had reached Pasighat in East Siang by road. The chief ministers had to commute by road as their chopper could not take off from Assam's Dibrugarh district due to inclement weather.
Showing his interest and acceptance towards the friendship concern of the Manipur CM, Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu stated, "We must continue our efforts to strengthen ties between sister states of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh in various areas."
Speaking about the developmental progress taking place in his state, Khandu further added that "Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, major developmental initiatives have been taken in connectivity, health and various other sectors."
This has to be mentioned here that in the recent times, Arunachal Pradesh has shown amazing progress in terms of its infrastructural and overall development. It has thus, been able to be one of the fastest growing states of the country in terms of performance and development.