Imphal, Aug 10,
Spokesperson of the Joint Tribal Student Bodies, Manipur, Thangtinlen Haokip in a press statement said the 48 Hours general strike launch by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organization, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) for resolving the Manipur University imbroglio is too late. The body in a statement still support Manipur University VC AP Pandey which the whole MU community is demanding for removal from the VC post, saying that the question of the removal of the present VC Pandey is simply unacceptable.
“While appreciating the 48 Hours general strike launch by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organization, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) for resolving the Manipur University imbroglio the joint student bodies opined that intervention at this moment when the crisis is drawing to its fag end and while solution is in the offing, is case of too little too late. What was ATSUM doing for the past seventy days while the agitation was reaching the flash point? Had ATSUM intervened at the nascent stage and had rallied all the tribal students’ organisation of Manipur the issue could have been nip in the bud thus salvaging the career of thousands of students. Sadly, ATSUM was scarce when the issue was burning and jumping to the fray at the dying moment shows that something is really fishy”, the statement said.
It may be mentioned that ATSUM, ANSAM and the KSO-GHQ is serious about restoring the academic atmosphere of the state to normalcy but as far as the allegation on AP Pandey is concerned the three student body stay away. The 48 hour bandh is being called for opening of the Manipur University. The three body says nothing about allegations against Prof. AP Pandey.