The proposed 48-hour bandh of the Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) has been “temporarily suspended” following a meeting between the student body and the state government on Thursday.
The bandh was proposed to be imposed on March 26 and 27.
According to KSO, at the invitation of the state government, a meeting was held between representatives of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and state government representatives on Thursday at the office chamber of the Minister of Tribal Affairs & Hills, Manipur, Old Secretariat in Imphal.
“In the meeting the KSO reiterated its standpoint that it will never accept any decision to delete Any Kuki Tribes from the scheduled tribe list of Manipur and admonished the government to uphold and respect the status of ‘Any Kuki Tribes’ or any other tribe as recognized in the constitution of India,” said the KSO.
After a long discussion, the government “acknowledged the genuineness” of the KSO’s demand and requested the KSO to put on hold their agitation until the next cabinet meeting, to be held within a short period of time, the Kuki student body also stated. “Considering the seriousness of the state government to resolve the demand of the Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) favourably, the proposed 48 hours bandh has been temporarily suspended,” it added.
The Kuki Students Organisation then said it resolved to resort to all kinds of agitation if the government fails to consider KSO’s demand and decides to delete ‘Any Kuki Tribes’.