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Tangkhul Naga Long disown Manipur CM declaration

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Tangkhul Naga Long disown Manipur CM declaration

TNL is compelled to remind that it does not recognize the authority of N. Biren Singh to define the blood relation of the Tangkhul tribe- either as head of a State government or in his individual capacity

Qr. David K. Shimray

By- Addie Chiphang
Ukhrul, Oct 21:

The apex body of Tangkhul Community, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) disown the remarks and declaration made by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on his recent visits at Ukhrul Headquarter on 18th October last .
In a press communiqué made available to this Journalist Qr. David K. Shimray, President of Tangkhul Naga Long clarified that the TNL is constrained to issue this statement to clear the air in the backdrop of widespread public outrage and confusion regarding the visit of N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, to Ukhrul on October 18, 2023 and related activities thereof.
TNL as the apex Tangkhul body is in no way connected to the State Cabinet meeting held in Ukhrul during the CM’s visit. It is also not a party to the joint memorandum submitted by certain Tangkhul CSOs. TNL welcome and appreciates every move by the state government regarding development works in the district. At the same time, it must be understood that the State government is merely doing its mandated duty and not bestowing any extraordinary largesse to us, the TNL statement said.
Nevertheless, regarding the public declaration by the CM about Tangkhul and Meitei being brothers, TNL is compelled to remind that it does not recognize the authority of N. Biren Singh to define the blood relation of the Tangkhul tribe- either as head of a State government or in his individual capacity.
Further the statement clarified that such a declaration holds no bearing for and meaning of TNL. TNL also does not dismiss or disregard instances of relationships between certain families or clans of Tangkhul and Meitei communities. However, trying to blanket the entire Tangkhul community under such stray historical and genealogical definition is bereft of any sound logic.
The press statement further amplified that TNL and the Tangkhul community are competent enough to know their own history. We also belief in our destiny as an integral part of the Naga
Nation and do not wish our land to become a Summer, Second or any other Capital of Manipur, the press statement signed by the TNL president asserts.

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