PDA sticks to anti-ADC polls stand
Divided opinion still stalks ADC polls

Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, April 29 2010: Appealing to all the political leaders, social workers and intending candidates not to participate in the forthcoming district council elections, the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) has sought the support of all sections of the society towards 'fulfilling the hill people's aspiration which would bring stability in Manipur in the long run'.

While dubbing the forthcoming Manipur District Council elections as 'undemocratic on the part of the State Government', the PDA urged the State Government to amend the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 2008 first and conduct the polls subsequently.

The PDA contended that the Act should be amended 'with the maximum autonomy and thereafter conduct early elections so as to serve the interest of the hill people'.

It observed that holding of elections under the given circumstances amounts to 'total exploitation of tribal's rights since the entire hill people are demanding amendment of the Act, adding it does not protect the rights and privileges of the hill people of Manipur'.

The PDA asserted that the 'step towards a hasty elections being imposed on the unwilling sections of the people in the state goes against the objective of its party'.