The three north-eastern states of Tripura, Manipur, and Meghalaya celebrate their Foundation day. On this day, the three states become full-fledged states under the North-Eastern region (Re-organisation) Act, 1971. Today marks the 49th foundation day for the three states. North East India has eight states under its belt. Earlier, North East India used to have seven states and known as ‘Seven Sisters’ including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura. Sikkim was integrated as the eighth North Eastern Council state in 2002. Also Read - Will Actor Mithun Chakraborty Join BJP? His Plan to Share Stage With PM Modi at Bengal Rally Creates Speculation

Prime minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Manipur, Tripura, and Meghalaya on their statehood days and offered his best wishes to them. Also Read - PM Modi Discusses Production Linked Incentive Scheme With India Inc | Key Points

“Statehood day greetings to the people of Manipur, India is proud of its contribution to national development,” he tweeted, adding that the state is a powerhouse of innovation and sporting talent. Modi wished the state the very best in its journey towards progress. Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours

“Best wishes to the people of Tripura on the special occasion of their Statehood Day. The culture and warm-hearted nature of the people of Tripura is admired across India. The state has achieved outstanding progress in various fields. May the same spirit continue,” he said in another tweet.

Extending his greetings to people of Meghalaya, the prime minister said the state is known for its remarkable kindness and spirit of brotherhood.

“Youngsters from Meghalaya are creative and enterprising. May the state keep scaling new heights of progress in the times to come,” he added.

History of this day

The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged into Indian Union in October 1949 and became full-fledged states on January 21, 1972. Meghalaya was part of Assam before becoming a full-fledged state under the North Eastern Region (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971.

Significance of this day

The three princely states celebrate this day with great pomp and enthusiasm. The states ring in the celebrations by organizing sports meet, cultural events, and more.

India’s North-Eastern states are known for their rich culture, diversity, exotic flora, and fauna. And over the years, the three princely states have become one of the most picturesque tourist destinations. The three states have achieved new heights in all-round development, in the past few years.

During the time of independence, the regional composition of the North East consisted of the Assam plains of the old Assam Province, the hill districts and the North Easter Frontier Tracts (NEFT) of the North-Eastern borderland. In 1949, Manipur and Tripura states were granted the status of Union Territories. Nagaland granted statehood on December 1, 1963. According to the sixth schedule of the Indian constitution, within Assam, Meghalaya was made an autonomous state through the Assam Reorganisation (Meghalaya) Act 1969.

(With inputs from PTI)