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ATSUM condemns seeking assent to three Bills
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, May 11 2016: The All Tribal Students' Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has today said that it strongly condemns the decision taken by the "All Political Parties" to depute a team of politicians to urge the Union Government to give assent to the three Bills passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015 .

A statement issued by ATSUM Information & Publicity secretary Micah Kamei said that it is senseless for political party leaders to 'succumb to the lopsided opinion' of the majority community without analysing the root cause and the direct impact on the socio-political fluidity of Manipur.

Bulldozing any agenda without taking into consideration the sentiments of the tribal people will never fructify for the simple fact that tribals constitute nearly 42% of the total population and therefore, using brute force and flexing muscles for any social cause is undemocratic in a democratic country like India, the union said.

"It is very unfortunate that due to lack of farsightedness and wisdom of our legislators, the three anti-tribal Bills were passed without referring to the Hill Areas Committee (HAC)," it said.

The union said the mayhem and destruction caused to human lives and properties before and after and for and against the Bills testify that the two 'combating community' will be on the run at war footing to fulfil one's desired wishes.

The irreparable damages done to the tribals are colossal and with the nine 'tribal martyrs' still lying at the morgue in Churachandpur district, it is not congenial for political parties to campeign in facour of the Bill, ATSUM said.

The union said it is also worth mentioning that the three Bill passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly are 'unconstitutional' as the Rules of prodecures and Conduct of Business has been deliberately violated by the honourable members of the House.

Hence, it said, it would be rather more appropriate for legislators to pressurise the Union Government to fulfil the charter of demands of various stake holder instead of inviting more trouble.


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