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TPOM demands President’s Rule in Manipur

DIMAPUR (CNS): Tribal People’s Organisation, Manipur (TPOM) has demanded imposition of President’s rule in Manipur to prevent further escalation of violence in hill districts of the state inhabited by tribal communities.

In a press release, TPOM president Joel Lorhu urged the Centre to impose President’s Rule as it said would be the only way to normalise the prevailing situation in the state. 

TPOM regretted that the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reform Bill passed by Manipur Legislative Assembly, which safeguard the tribal communities and their lands have been abolished was also signed by some tribal MLAs. The signatory said the consent of these tribal representatives have provoked fury among the tribal people resulted in loss of eight lives and arson of government properties.

TPOM reminded the Centre that its demand for separate tribal statehood for hill areas for the past 13 years, was due to the fact that state government dominated by Meitei community would nullify the safeguard of the tribal people, one day or other. 

It had also apprised the Centre of the fate of Manipuri tribals by submitting countless memorandums and meeting officials of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), where it had clearly stated that tribals and Meiteis can never be under one administrative roof. 

TPOM further questioned the sinister design of Meiteis in manipulating political, economic and educational right of the tribal people since the time of British rule. 

TPOM said it had constantly tired it best to unite all tribal groups for the cause of separate statehood, but they refused to come together in unity due to fear and apprehension to one another. 

In this prevailing situation, the TPOM appealed to all tribal groups to come forward and jointly voice for a separate tribal state “Sccutland” comprising five hill districts, leaving out Meitei territory – Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur Valley.

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