With the carving out of other new States in the North East in 1972, the pattern of posting of Governors also changed. Syed M.H. Burney, former Union Home Secretary, took over from Shri L.P. Singh as the new Governor of Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. He assumed office on August 10, 1981. He enjoyed a peaceful tenure though there was tension on the Burma border and the bordering areas of Tuensang and Mon. The skirmishes between the China returned undergrounds who formed the NSCN, under Isaac Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah and a splinter group of the NFG under Shinghya Khiamungan continued.
Elections were held in 1982. It brought Shri S.C. Jamir to power as the Chief Minister. The period was marked by agitations and forcible collections from the non-local businessmen. Sardar Gurmukh Singh, President of the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and one of the first settlers in Dimapur, was killed in his house on February 7, 1984. The Governor, while proceeding to the Assembly Hall to address the Budget Session on March 15, 1983, was stopped by a group of about one thousand women of the Naga Mothers’ Association which submitted a memorandum for the withdrawal of Government’s decision to upgrade Dimapur into a district. The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) also launched an agitation on the issue. Earlier in January, the Angami Students’ Union and the Angami Public Organisation (APO) had also agitated against the decision. The Government kept the order for the creation of Dimapur district in abeyance.