Imphal: The World Meetei Council (WMC) has issued a statement expressing contentment over the recent Judgment of the Manipur High Court on the question of genuineness and legitimacy of the claim of the Meetei people to include them in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the Indian Constitution.
WMC in a press release issued on Thursday stated that organizations representing indigenous Naga people have joined hands with the immigrant Kuki-Chin people. This is historic, it exclaimed.
While the reason for the Naga indigenous people joining hands with the immigrant communities [Kuki-Chin] as per the statement, is believed to be the fear of the Meetei people grabbing their lands, job quotas, and reservations in institutions, the World Meetei Council clarified that it has a different take on the matter – “We do not equate the indigenous Naga people with the immigrant communities,” it emphasized.
Asserting that the ‘intimidating nature’ of the formidable alliance putting pressure on the state government to undo what the Hon’ble Court had done, WMC maintained that nothing can be sorted out by putting pressure on an issue where the question of “survival” of the Meetei people is involved.
In this regard, the World Meetei Council has called for all parties to come to the table and resolve their issues in a logical manner for logical conclusion to the matter. “Let the Manipur government discharge its duty without fear or favor,” it added.