Expressing grave concerns over the prolonged crisis in Manipur, president of the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) Ph Nando Luwang on Sunday laid blame on the Central government for its failure to restore normalcy in the region even after a nine-month-long struggle.
He was delivering his speech during the 21st Foundation Day observance of the All Manipur Meetei Pangal Clubs Organisation (AMMPACO) at JNMDA in Imphal on Sunday.
Nando criticised the central government, labelling the crisis as a ‘dirty play’ and highlighting it as a significant weakness.
He stressed the urgency of prioritising the state’s integrity and the well-being of the indigenous population, calling for collective efforts to address the ongoing crisis.
Emphasising the need to foster unity among ethnic communities, discouraging the propagation of grudges, he cautioned against undermining the efforts of volunteers defending against Kuki aggression and urged critics to physically participate in addressing the situation rather than morally berating those on the front lines.
Addressing the contentious issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Nando proposed the insertion of a clause to ensure that Manipur remains unaffected by the act.
He highlighted the need to safeguard the indigenous populace, emphasising the unique challenges faced by Manipur in comparison to larger states.
In his speech general secretary of AMMPACO, Ph Saliwan outlined the organisation’s mission since its formation in 2003.
He emphasised AMMPACO’s commitment to uplifting the Meitei Pangal community and promoting peace and love.
Saliwan also highlighted collaborative efforts with like-minded CSOs, including AMUCO, to address various state issues over the years.
The observance also featured a one-minute silence to honor martyrs who sacrificed their lives in defense of Manipur’s integrity.
Various representatives from Manipur’s CSOs were felicitated during the program, demonstrating a united front against the forces attempting to destabilise the integrity of Manipur.
The programme also witnessed the presence of AMMPACO working president Yumkhaibam Hayatur Rahman, AMAWOVA president Yumkhaibam Kunjarani, Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur vice president R.K Leibaktombi, and Kshetrigao Apunba Nupi Lup president Ema Jano as presidium members.