Tangkhul community Civil Society Organisations from Ukhrul and Kamjong districts have taken strong exception to chief minister N Biren Singh’s Facebook post where he said, “I had a productive meeting with CSOs from Ukhrul today at my office. They extended their support for Go to Hills 2.0 initiative and further discussed about various ways in which we could approach the mission to deliver its success to our brothers and sisters.”
Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL), Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), calling N Biren Singh’s remarks bluff, the five Tangkhul CSOs issued a joint communique Thursday evening.
The statement read, “The recent media-stunt by the Chief Minister of Manipur on 9 September 2021, through his social media pages i.e. Facebook and Instagram, stating that CSOs from Ukhrul visited his office and extended support for Go to Hills 2.0 initiative has nothing to do with the CSOs from Ukhrul in particular and the Tangkhul community at large.” The Tangkhul CSOs clarified saying, “This is solely the work of few self-styled individuals who have tarnished the name of the community for their own selfish personal political mileage through this condemnable act.”
The joint statement explicitly stated that the CSOs of Ukhrul re-emphasise its non-cooperation movement against the Biren-led BJP Government until the proposed Manipur (Hill Areas) District Autonomous Bill, 2021 is tabled as demanded.
Meanwhile Tankghul CSOs in a joint meeting also unanimously adopted the following resolutions.
1. The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021 should be tabled before the Manipur Legislative Assembly by convening a special Assembly Session.
2. The Tangkhul CSOs does hereby announce non-cooperation movement against the BJP led state government and boycott “Go to Hills 2.0” till the proposed Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021 is tabled and passed as demanded.
3. The Tangkhul CSOs fully endorse whatever action or any move taken by the All Tribal Student’s Union Manipur (ATSUM) and its federating units on the issue stated above.
The resolutions was jointly signed by TNL, TNWL, TSL, TMNL, TKS, Ato, Aze, Zingsho, Zingtun Longphangs.