Imphal: Despite several boycott calls given by insurgency groups, Manipur joined the rest of the nation and unfurled the tricolour on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day at 1st Manipur Rifles Ground in Imphal amid heavy security on Thursday.
Chief minister N Biren Singh took the salute of about 66 contingents of security personnel and school students led by woman police officer Sarangthem Asana, assistant director of the Manipur Police Training College, as the parade commander.
Speaking at the event as the chief guest, CM Singh observed that such a day was possible because of the fallen heroes of the country who fought resiliently for our freedom to the then British Army.
“Recently, we have observed Patriots’ Day in remembrance of our fallen heroes. And today, we are celebrating the 73rd Independence Day. All these years’ celebrations are possible because of the sweat and sacrifices of the great leaders of India’s struggle for freedom,” CM Biren said.
Stressing on equal opportunity to all citizens of the state, the CM also said that his government is moving forward with an aim to provide equal access to opportunities by all, including the far-flung areas and the city.
Moreover, to improve connectivity to remote areas, we have successfully conducted the trial helicopter services to Jiribam and Moreh; whereas for Tamenglong, it will soon start the trail, he added.
The chief minister also appealed to the gathering to live peacefully with good intentions and urged them not to entertain anyone with bad motives that tarnish the image of the state.
On the occasion, governor Najma Heptulla said in a message, “On this day, we remember and pay homage to those leaders and their millions of followers who made sacrifices during the long freedom struggle.”
During the occasion, CM Biren Singh also honoured state officials and personnel for their outstanding contributions services to the state.