Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday graced the 77th anniversary of ‘Flag Hoisting Day’ at INA Martyr’s Memorial Complex at Moirang. The function was jointly organised by the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur, North Eastern Council (NEC) and Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy, Imphal.

It was on this day, April 14, 1944, during World War II, that the Indian National flag was hoisted for the first time on the Indian soil at Moirang in Manipur.

During the event, CM Biren Singh paid rich tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and all those who have sacrificed their lives during the struggle for India’s freedom. He also unfurled the Indian Tricolour during the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM recalled the invaluable contribution made by Netaji in liberating the country from colonial rule. He added that India had witnessed differences in ideology and ways used by different leaders during the freedom struggle against the British. However, the contribution made by each one of them was much impactful towards attaining the country’s freedom.

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Singh also informed that the INA Headquarter at Moirang would be well preserved in memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and our Tricolour would be installed to make it a centre of attraction for tourists.

He further added that the state government had agreed with the owner and paperwork for the land purchase where the INA Headquarter once stood was in process. He appealed to the people of Moirang not to raise any objection at the time when the owner would be given an alternative space for his residence by the Government. He also stressed the need to enlarge the current INA Memorial Complex.

Stating that love for the motherland and mutual respect are the foundation of a strong nation, he appealed to the public to pay respect to one another’s community and religion and go together towards the path of development of the state.

Chairman, Manipur State Pollution Control Board L Radhakishore, MLA Moirang AC P Sharatchandra, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Konsam Himalay and Commissioner M Joy attended the function among others.

During the function, cultural dance and songs were performed by different troupes.

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