The Naga People’s Organization (NPO), Senapati together with other district Civil Society Organizations including the Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) and Senapati District Women’s Association (SDWA) have decided not to support and cooperate with the proposed 48 hours bandh called by the ATRPFM beginning from 7 pm of January 6 this evening.
In a statement issued by the President of NPO, Solomon Arow stated that the NPO ,SDWA and SDSA will neither support nor cooperate the proposed 48 hrs bandh in Senapati District because it is being called by unmandated body.
Taking strong exception to the alleged inordinate delay in holding ADC election, the All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) had earlier called a 48 hours bandh on Imphal-Jiribam highway and Imphal-Dimapur highway from 7 pm of January 6 to 7 pm of January 8 .
In a statement issued by the ATRPFM, it said that the term of office of the ADC members expired in May 2020. Pointing out that the notification for election or re-constitution of ADCs should be issued before the expiry of the term, it added that the State Government instead, extended the term till November 30, 2020, without reasonable ground.
The ATRPFM had reportedly submitted a representation on December 15, 2020 to the Governor, the Chief Minister, the Chairman of Hill Areas Committee, Minister (TA&Hills) and Additional Chief Secretary (TA&Hills) to issue notification for election or to extend the term of the ADCs, the State Government has not taken any step in the matter. ATRPFM had also earlier served an ‘ultimatum’ on December 24, 2020, with the same demands to issue notification for election on or before January 5, 2021, or to extend the term of the ADCs till the actual conduct of an election, the tribal body said that the State Government continued its ‘unconstitutional’ act in ‘total disregard’ of the order of the Court as well as the appeal of the tribal people.