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Manmohan Singh postpones Manipur visit

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 15:17 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has postponed his two-day visit to Manipur that was tentatively scheduled for Monday, official sources said on Friday.

"The PM wanted to spend two full days in Manipur to make the visit meaningful. But in view of parliament being in session, the visit has been postponed," an official in the Prime Minister's Office said.

"The fresh dates for the visit are being worked out."

The official also brushed aside reports that the visit had been postponed because of security concerns following a grenade attack at Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's official residence in Imphal on November 15.

Manmohan Singh - who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha - had last visited Manipur in November 2004.

Among his other engagements in the state, the prime minister was scheduled to lay the foundation stones for the Tipaimukh dam project near the Mizoram border and the National Sports Academy at Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal.

The state chief minister was particularly keen on the prime minister laying the foundation stone for the dam project before the model code of conduct comes into force for the assembly elections scheduled in February, the sources said.