Puducherry, Jan 21 (PTI) Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Monday greeted the people of the three North Eastern States–Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura–on their 47th statehood day.

In his message, he said these states had made good progress in several sectors adding “congratulations to the people.”

Narayanasamy, who has been urging the centre to concede Puducherry’s statehood demand said, “we should also strive hard to get statehood for Puducherry.” The chief minister had in July last year led a delegation of MLAs of the ruling Congress, DMK and opposition AIADMK to Delhi to present a detailed memorandum to union ministers and leaders of various political parties making out a strong case for grant of statehood to Puducherry.

The territorial Assembly had adopted resolutions on more than 18 occasions urging the Centre to concede the demand of Puducherry for statehood.

Puducherry along with its outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam became a union territory in 1962 in the wake of de jure transfer of power from the French to the Indian Union with the merger of these former French establishments.

He expressed confidence that the goal of statehood for Puducherry would be attained sooner than later.

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