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Naga MLAs asked to resign
Published on 10 May. 2010 1:07 AM IST
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Following the resignation of seven Naga MLAs from Manipur assembly which in the wake of the Manipur government’s decision to bar GPRN “ato kilonser”, Th. Muivah from visiting Somdal, various Naga organizations have demanded the resignation of the remaining Naga MLA in the interest of the Naga people.
Condemning the act of “state terrorism” by the Manipur government, All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (AMN), Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (ZSUM) and Zeliangrong Students’ Union Delhi (ZSUD) have demanded the resignation of two sitting Zeliangrong MLAs of Manipur assembly- Khangthuanang Panmei of Tamenglong sub-division and Gaikhangam Gangmei of Nungba sub-division.
A joint statement issued by AZSU-AMN president, Tingenlung Pamei, ZSUM chairman, Philip Kamei and ZSUD president, Wichamdinbo Matainamai, while welcoming the decision of seven Naga MLAs for resigning from Manipur assembly on May 6, criticized Khangthuanang and Gaikhangam for “clinging to their seats” at a critical time when the Naga people were being “brutally” suppressed and humiliated by the government of Manipur.
The statement demanded their “immediate and unconditional” resignation and cautioned that failure to comply would compel the Zeliangrong people to conclude that they are against the interests of the Zeliangrong people in particular and the Nagas in general.
In a separate statement, United Naga Council (UNC) president Samson Remei, Naga Women’s Union Manipur (NWUM) president Grace Shatsang, All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) president David Choro, and Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) convener Phamhring Sengul acknowledged the resignation of seven Naga MLAs. While appreciating the MLAs for making the decision in deference to the wish of the people they represented, the statement also urged the remaining three Naga MLAs- D.D. Thaisii, minister TD/Hills, VETY & AH 47 A/C, Gaikhangam, 54 A/C and Khangthuanang Panmei, 53 A/C and all “conscientious” legislators in the Manipur assembly to resign from their offices in respect for the students who have been murdered and the women, children and men who were brutally assaulted and also to uphold the principles of democracy which has been desecrated with barbarism.

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