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Bir Tikendrajit International Airport – the new name of Imphal Airport

The Manipur Legislative Monday unanimously passed a resolution to rename Imphal International Airport as ‘Bir Tikendrajit International Airport’.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the house, moved the motion.

According to a report in Indian Express, opposition leader and former CM Okram Ibobi Singh supporting the motion suggested that the resolution adopted by the House be sent to the concerned authority at the earliest.

Okram Ibobi Singh also drew the attention of the House to speed up the ongoing process of airport expansion for the benefit of the state.

An MLA from the treasury bench Subaschandra objected the move to rename the airport citing that the name ‘Tulihal’ is associated with three important deities. However, the resolution was unanimously passed by the House.

In 2016, a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Okram Ibobi Singh had also adopted a resolution to rename the airport to ‘Bir Tikendrajit International Airport’.

Bir Tikendrajit was a Manipuri prince who was hanged publicly along with General Thangal on August 13, 1891, for waging war against the then British Raj.

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