IMPHAL, Oct 22 - Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has slammed his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang for making �anti-national remarks� in the State during a programme.
Zeliang was in Senapati district on Wednesday to attend a conference of Naga villages where it was resolved to defend land rights of the Nagas.
At the event, Zeliang said the land inhibited by Nagas were never part of the erstwhile Meitei kingdom, adding, the land of Nagas were later brought under the geographical boundary of Manipur by the British for administrative conveniences.
�Nagas will have to derecognise artificial boundaries drawn across their ancestral land,� Zeliang told the conference.
Reacting to this, O Ibobi Singh said, �Unlike Manipur, Nagaland was never a nation. The neighbouring State was carved out from Assam.� Ibobi was speaking at a function to open Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Mela-2016 and inauguration of SIRD Complex here on Thursday.
Ibobi criticised Zeliang for allegedly attempting to incite hatred among communities of Manipur while delivering his speech. �Zeliang needs to go through the history of Manipur which was never a part of India,� Ibobi said.
The Manipur unit of BJP sought a criminal case against Zeliang for �attempting to tear apart Manipur into pieces�, Manipur BJP spokesperson O Joy Singh told a press meet here. The veteran politician said a criminal case should be taken up against the Nagaland CM who was trying to incite hatred among the Manipur communities.