Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Tuesday said Lord Krishna, by marrying Rukmini, had bound the Northeast with India.
The BJP leader has also asserted that in the time of Lord Krishna, there was no sperate Arunachal Pradesh or Assam or Manipur.
“The entire Northeast was one entity. Now, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland are on the border of China. But Lord Krishna made them part of India during his time,” said Biren Singh, according to a report in The Indian Express.
N. Biren was addressing a gathering at Madhavpur mela, a religious-cultural fair going on in Porbandar district of Gujarat.
The CMs and Governors of Northeastern states, during their respective speech, said that “Northeast has been a part of India since Dwapar Yug”.
The report said, Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Gujarat claimed that that Lord Krishna’s marriage with princess Rukmini underlined the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has been part of India for the “last 5,000 years”. They said China cannot have any claim over the state’s territory.
Claiming that Mr. Biren was distorting facts during the speech, social media users in Manipur have started venting their anger against the statement made by the CM.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (retired) B D Mishra took a dig at China without naming it. “You are here on the western border of India and we are from the eastern border, 3,500 kilometres away. But this distance has always remained connected. If somebody from the other side of our border claims that Arunachal belongs to them, they are grossly wrong because if our princess could come here 5,000 years ago and you could make her the queen, it clearly means Arunachal has always been with India and will continue to be so,” said Mishra.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “It is not that these states (Northeast) became parts of India after we won Independence. The incident of Lord Krishna-Rukmini and their marriage at Madhavpur underline that it was one since those times.”
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