The Schedule Tribe Demand Committee (STDCM) has demanded the Economic and Statistics, government of Manipur to withdraw their ongoing opinion poll being conducted in connection with inclusion of Meitei or Meetei in scheduled tribe (ST) list.
In a release issued by STDCM on Monday, the committee stated that they have been spearheading the movement for the demand to include the Meitei/Meetei in ST list under the Indian Constitution and that they are most concerned with the exercise to conduct an opinion Poll connected with their demand in question.
Their concern is that such opinion polls being initiated by the Department of Economics and Statistics does not specify the target community whose opinion is being sought. This would be bound to generate a result which is undisputable, fallacious, deceptive, indecisive and misleading, the committee said.
Such a highly disputable misinformation may spark off protest from the supporters of the demand, or invite complement from the opponents, the STDCM said, adding that such a situation can flare up unwanted but avoidable social tension and confusion. Stating thus, they appealed for withdrawal of the opinion poll.