IMPHAL, Dec 10 � AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, in his one-hour-long Manipur visit on Monday, appealed to the people of the North East to feel comfortable to visit or work in any part of the country.
�I feel happy when youths from North East and Manipur work in Delhi,� said Rahul Gandhi, who arrived here this afternoon to inaugurate a State level convention of local bodies elected members on local self governance and 16 point flagship programme of UPA Government.
�I like visiting Manipur, because people here are gentle, polite, besides you make us proud to be an Indian�, he said referring to boxer MC Mary Kom�s success in the Olympics in London.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh in his speech at the convention made it clear that Manipur was a princely State till it merged with the Indian Union on October 14, 1949. �So, we have to protect the territorial integrity of India and also the territorial integrity of Manipur�, he said.
The convention was followed by an interaction between visiting AICC general secretary and State Youth Congress leaders.