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Manipur King Slams ‘Govt. in Exile in London’

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Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit at the press conference

In a video message, King Leishemba Sanajaoba, the erstwhile ruler of Manipur, said he did sign some papers at the request of Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit, who made the controversial claim in London at a press conference, but was told that the papers related to his “permission” to let them carry out some research into historic documents and photographs in London

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Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit at the press conference

An international plot to create confusion over India’s federalism falls flat as the key person in the drama distanced himself from the controversy, Hindustan Times reported.

In a video message, King Leishemba Sanajaoba, the erstwhile ruler of Manipur, said he did sign some papers at the request of Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit, who made the controversial claim in London at a press conference, but was told that the papers related to his “permission” to let them carry out some research into historic documents and photographs in London.

In the video message, Leishemba Sanajaoba said he first heard about this news when he returned after attending a local function. He was “totally shocked” to hear this development

Yamben Biren, who claimed to be the “Chief Minister of Manipur State Council” and Narengbam Samarjit, who claimed to be the “Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council” claimed to speak on behalf of the ‘Maharaja of Manipur’ to formally launch the government-in-exile – “The Manipur State Council” – in Britain.

In the video message, Leishemba Sanajaoba said he first heard about this news when he returned after attending a local function. He was “totally shocked” to hear this development.

“I was surprised and shocked to know the viral news,” he said in the statement made in Meithi.

At a media interaction in London, Biren and Samarjit had produced documents to show they have been granted political asylum in the UK in August this year. They said after getting their asylum status in the UK, “the de jure government is shifted from Manipur to London”.

The two said that they would make an appeal to Queen Elizabeth II and after getting an order from the Privy Council they would move the United Nations for recognition.

They claimed the “sovereign state of Manipur” was excluded from India by the Manipur king’s order in council on December 27, 1946, and accused the Indian government of annexing the state in 1949.

“We believe that now is the right time to make public the independent government of Manipur before the international community and seek recognition,” they told reporters. “We call on all the governments of the sovereign states of the members of the United Nations for their recognition of the de jure and exile government of Manipur from today onwards.”

The dissidents claimed their “attempts to engage with the Indian government were met with hate and hostilities”. Biren and Samarjit claimed there were “more than 1,528 cases of extrajudicial killings” pending in Supreme Court.

 

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