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MTU congratulates Manipur MPs, Calls for pursuing ST demand

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MTU congratulates Manipur MPs, Calls for pursuing ST demand

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Imphal, June 5:

Meetei (Meitei) Tribe Union (MTU) has extended its heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected Members of Parliament from Manipur, Angomcha Bimol Akoijam for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency and Alfred Kan-ngam Arthur for the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency. In a statement issued by MTU, the organisation has urged both MPs to prioritize the resolution of the conflict and work towards restoring peace in Manipur and pursue the demand for the inclusion of Meitei community in the ST list.
The MTU believes that their leadership and commitment can play a crucial role in addressing the underlying issues and fostering harmony among communities. MTU’s statement on this matter reminded that “during the 18th Lok Sabha election campaign in Darjeeling, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has announced the inclusion of the Gorkha community in the Scheduled Tribe list. Moreover, during the 2022 election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir to include the Pahari ethnic group in the ST list, which was fulfilled in the 2024 parliament session. The Pahari Ethnic Group, comprising the Paddari Tribe, Koli, and Gadda Brahmin, has been granted ST status.”
Additionally, former Chief Minister and Tangkhul leader Rishang Keishing had previously initiated a cabinet decision for the inclusion of the Meitei tribe in the Scheduled Tribe list. More recently, MLA Keisham Meghachandra, President of Manipur Congress, had proposed the inclusion of the Meitei tribe in the ST list during the state assembly session, the statement added.
In light of these developments, MTU reminds that “both Akoijam Bimol and Alfred K Arthur, as winners of the 18th Lok Sabha polls, have voiced their support for the inclusion of the Meitei tribe in the ST list during their election campaigns and in social media.” The MTU urges them to uphold their commitment to this cause and actively pursue the matter in the parliament, working towards achieving justice and equality for the Meitei tribe.

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