Imphal, Sept 7
Schedule Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) today slammed Chief Minister N. Biren as a Chief Minister without political will.
Speaking to media persons in a press meet held today at the office of STDC, Thangmeiband Convenor of Coordinating Body of STDC L. Romesh said that the failure to send recommendation to include Meetei/Meitei in the ST list is because of the lack of political will.
He further said that it was unfortunate not to send recommendations to the Central government even though the Chief Minister considered that the inclusion of Meetei/ Meitei is vital.
Reminding yesterday’s incident where members of STDC were detained by police for closing the railway construction office at Moirangkhom, Romesh said that they were later called to talk with the Chief Minister.
“CM told that some Meetei urge the government not to send recommendation to include in the ST List and this hinder him”, said Romesh highlighting the hindrance for inclusion.
He further said that if the CM loves his land he should put forward the sentiments of the people instead of holding his chair.
Those members of the STDCM who were picked up by police for locking of the railway office at Moirangkhom were however released today
Decrying the brutality and disrespect to the elders by OC of Imphal West Ingocha, Romesh strongly condemned such act towards the democratic and non violent agitation done towards the elders who are even in its 80s.
He added to stop killing their own community for the sake of medals.
Romesh further urged the authorities to look into the matter.
As they didn’t find any fruitful solution during the talks with the CM, he said that the movement and agitation will be continued and the construction of the railway will be banned.
Romesh further said that they will intensify the agitation and will organise various sit in protest, Meira rally, public meeting and street corner meeting.
He appealed the people of the land to help in the movement for the future of Meetei and added that the government should send the recommendation at the earliest considering the sentiments of the people.