ITANAGAR, Sept 11 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has called for fostering and strengthening ties between Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as well as the North East as a whole through cultural exchanges.
Attending the 52nd central Solung festival of the Adi community at Giidi-Notko, Pasighat, in East Siang district on Monday evening, Singh said Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have a rich culture and heritage manifested in the dances, songs and festivals of the various tribes and communities, which symbolise the spirit of unity in diversity. He invited cultural troupes from Arunachal to the ensuing Sangai Festival in Manipur. He also extended his invitation to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and his ministerial colleagues.
The Manipur Chief Minister said that Arunachal Pradesh is one of the fastest growing States of the country in terms of performance and development. He lauded Chief Minister Pema Khandu for �his deep commitment, sincerity and hard work for the development of the State�. He said Arunachal Pradesh has taken a giant step towards development in two years and it would be difficult for a State like Manipur to catch up with it. Earlier, the Manipur Chief Minister released the Solung souvenir.
Khandu, in his speech, thanked his Manipur counterpart, Manipur Assembly Deputy Speaker K Robindro Singh, MLAs and other guests from Manipur for joining the Solung festival. He said that this was the maiden visit of the Manipur Chief Minister to the State on the festive occasion of Solung. �We must continue such efforts to strengthen the ties between Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh in various areas,� Khandu added.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein extended his festival greetings to the members of the Adi community and others, and remembered the contributions of the pioneers of the society for the development of the centurion town of Pasighat.