The All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) on Friday announced to go ahead with its 24-hour shutdown call in the hill districts after a discussion of the union and the state government on March 11 failed to arrive at an understanding or reach a concrete decision.
A release issued by information secretary ATSUM, Khaiminlen Doungel stated that a meeting was held between ATSUM and the chief minister on March 11 at the chief minister’s bungalow following an invitation from the latter.
However, no concrete decision was arrived at even after holding a threadbare discussion on matter pertaining to the impending Autonomous District Council elections, it stated. Therefore, the decision of ATSUM general assembly in Ukhrul to impose 24-hour bandh from midnight of March 12 will go ahead as proposed, the release added.
On March 11, ATSUM with its federating units resolved to call a 24-hour total shutdown in the hill districts of Manipur from March 12 midnight if the state government fails to notify the date of Autonomous District Council Election by March 11.
ATSUM and its federating unit also resolved to call for an indefinite economic blockade if the state government still fails to notify the date of the election even after the 24-hour total shutdown.