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PREPAK to observe Martyrs’ day: says Kangleipak should not be within India

IT News
Imphal, Nov. 10

Proscribed group PREPAK is set to observe Martyrs’ Day (Athoubasinggi Ningsing Numit) on November 12. A statement issued by the outfit’s publicity and propaganda secretary in-charge Leibaak Ngaakpa Luwang has appealed people of Kangleipak people not to organise any entertainment or merry-making programme on the day. It appealed to light and pay floral tribute to the departed martyrs.
The statement said that Kangleipak should not be within the political map of India.
After Kangleipak became independent from British occupation on August 14, 1947, Kangleipak became a sovereign country and the Manipur Constitution Act came into force.
Kangleipak became independent one day ahead of India and there is no reason why Kangleipak should remain within the political map of India, the outfit asserted.
Saying that their assertion is based on historical facts, the outfit went on to claim that most countries would support the same assertion.
Based on universal adult franchise, election was held in 10 phases from June 11 to August 27, 1948 under the Manipur Constitution Act 1947.Altogether 53 representatives were elected and an elected Government was formed with MK Priyobarta as the Chief Minister.
The fourth sitting of the first Manipur Legislative Assembly’s third session was held on September 28, 1949 in the premises of Johnstone High School, then used a chamber of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, with TC Tiangkham as the Speaker.
The sitting was participated by six Ministers and 43 Members.
The particular sitting declared that the Merger Agreement signed between Maharaj Bodhchandra on behalf of Kangleipak and Advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of State, Vapal Panguni Menon and Governor of Assam Pra-kasha on behalf of the Gov- ernment of India at Shillong on September 21, 1949 as invalid.
Moreover, Kangleipak was forcibly merged into the Indian Union in total contravention of the Government of India Act 1935, Part II, Chapter 1, Section 5(2)(b), the outfit continued.
As Kangleipak was forcibly merged into the Indian Union using deceitful means, international communities have started lending support to Kangleipak, it claimed.
Meanwhile India political leaders have been working hard to transform India into a Hindu Nation of one religion, one constitution and one language.
The first significant step towards this one was the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 this year without consent of the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly and the people of the State.
Further, Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories namely; Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.
The next target of BJP is the North East region.
When the Government of India withdrew the special status granted to Jammu & Kashmir, it claimed that the step was aimed at bringing uniformity and equality throughout India.
If one goes by this explanation, it is highly questionable as to why Article 371A, Inner Line Permit System implemented in Nagaland and Article 371C implemented in the hill areas of Manipur should not be revoked.
The BJP Government would certainly go ahead with its agenda of rescinding all the Constitutional provisions which give certain protection to the people of the North East in order the exterminate all the indigenous people and transform the region into a Hindu region, it alleged.
The situation is very critical for Kangleipak in view of the growing threats to its integrity and Government of India’s vigorous push for CAB.
It’s not time for people to indulge in festivities or merry-making.
It’s time for all the people to wake up, unite and fight collectively against any threat to the integrity of Kangleipak.
Informing that PREPAK would observe the Martyrs Day on November 12, it appealed to all the people to offer light and floral tribute to all the martyrs who had laid down their lives in the course of the revolutionary movement.
PREPAK and the Red Army would support any democratic struggle aimed at re-establishing a popular Government in Kangleipak, it added.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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