Outer MP contradicts media report on ‘split Manipur into two UTs’

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IMPHAL, September 18: Member of Parliament from Outer Manipur constituency Thangso Baite has strongly reacted and refuted a media report that quoted him as saying “Creation of two union territories out of Manipur can be a possible solution to solve the present issue in the State.”

Speaking at a press conference called on Thursday at his residence to clarify on the report, the MP said the report is totally wrong and baseless.

He said while he was in the national capital, he received a phone call asking for a comment on a question on “whether the problem of Manipur can be solved by only splitting the State in two Union Territories.”

He had replied there is nothing as such and that commenting on such a critical situation might create more misunderstanding and it is not the right time to comment on it.

Any wrong reply could create more problems for the State he said he had told the person.

Unfortunately, when the report was published, it quoted him as making the statement which is very unfortunate and baseless, he told the media persons.

He said the party high command does not allow making such provoking statements on State issues.

Baite also added that issues of people’s concern could be brought up for discussion but splitting of the State is impossible from his side.

He further appealed to all section of the Manipuri people and the political parties not to believe such biased and wrongly quoted statement.

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