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Tribal bodies laud 4 NPF MLAs, ask all to quit

IMPHAL (CNS): While appreciating four MLAs from Naga People’s Front (NPF), tribal organisations from Manipur on Monday asked all MLAs from tribal-dominated five hill districts to quit the state assembly bearing moral responsibilities for the last spurt of violence which claimed eight lives besides leaving 50 others injured.

A tribal body in Ukhrul district has given a 30-day ultimatum to MLAs for resignation, while Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) has asked MLAs from Zeliangrong area (Tamenglong district) to resign immediately failing which they (MLAs) would be responsible for any untoward incident.

The MLAs who were asked to resign are: Gaikhangam who is deputy chief minister, Z Kikhonbou and Janghemlung Panmei. 

An emergency general meeting (Dimki) of ZUF held at Dilung village on September 4 has resolved to ask all three MLAs of the community to quit their posts for the greater interests of tribal communities of the hill areas, a statement signed by information and publicity secretary A Longmei stated here on Monday.

The meeting also condemned Manipur Legislative Assembly for passing the three bills without considering interest of tribal people of the state. It further resolved to stop implementation of such unjust Acts in Zeliangrong-inhabited areas and condemned all tribal MLAs and three Zeliangrong MLAs in particular who supported the bills.

The ZUF welcomed MLAs of Naga People Front (NPF) for tendering their resignations, the statement said while asking all tribal MLAs to follow the same suit at the earliest.

Meanwhile, a high level meeting of Coordinating Committee, All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) held at Imphal appreciated the resignation of four tribal MLAs owning moral responsibilities and decided that the remaining tribal MLAs should also tender their resignation immediately on moral ground.

In a press release, Coordinating Committee, ATSUM convenor Muan Tombang, said that the meeting demanded immediate restoration of internet connectivity and SMS facilities and questioned why such facilities were not interrupted during the recent two-month-long stir on ILPS demand. 

The committee felt that the state has become like a dictatorial regime under which the rights of tribal people are systematically abrogated in various aspects, including land ownership rights besides denying their rightful entitlements as citizens, it said.

The committee also appreciated initiatives and efforts of Joint Action Committee, Churachanpur in dealing with such volatile current political situation and expressed solidarity for future actions.

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