'Parliament stands united over northeast issue': Manmohan Singh

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 07:00 hrs

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday reassured the people from the northeastern states about their security, and urged all lawmakers to come together to bring rumor mongering to an end.

Expressing concern over the entire happening of events, Dr. Singh said those spreading rumours about attacks on northeastern people will be brought to book at the earliest.

"We have to create an atmosphere to bring rumour mongering to an end. If anyone spreads rumours, they should be brought to book, I am in touch with the state leaders personally on that. Our children from the Northeast should feel secure, this country belongs to them as to any one of us," Dr. Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

Dr. Singh further said that he was in touch with the Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of all the states, and added that the UPA Government would do its utmost to ensure that all citizens from the northeast felt secure.

"This country belongs to them as well as us. This house stands united that we will work together to give them a feeling of security- to curb and effectively control all the elements", he said.

Dr. Singh had earlier on Thursday condemned about attacks on people from northeast living in other states, and made an appeal to remain vigilant and maintain peace at any cost.

"We must work together to ensure that all people from other states do not feel threatened by rumour mongering and SMSes. We have to maintain peace at any cost," said Dr. Singh at an Iftaar hosted by him yesterday.

Dr Singh said he had spoken to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and was constantly in touch with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

The fear of being targeted on communal lines in the wake of the recent Assam riots has led to an exodus of people from Assam working in Karnataka. (ANI)

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