“Irrespective of whether the Centre recognizes it or not, we will go ahead”- ITLF
Tensions persist in Manipur over the unfulfilled demands of the Kuki-Zo community for a “separate administration” in the aftermath of the Kuki-Meitei clash that occurred over six months ago.
Frustrated by the lack of response from the Central government, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) has declared its intention to establish a “self-governed separate administration” within two weeks.
Addressing the media in Churachandpur district today, 15 November, ITLF General Secretary Muan Tombing expressed the urgency behind their decision. “It has been over six months, and nothing has been done regarding our demand for a separate administration from the Manipur government,” lamented Tombing. He asserted that if their concerns are not addressed within the next couple of weeks, the ITLF will proceed with the establishment of their self-government.
“Irrespective of whether the Centre recognizes it or not, we will go ahead,” declared Tombing. The ITLF envisions setting up a self-government structure that will oversee all matters in the Kuki-Zo areas, mirroring the governance model of a state or union territory. Tombing emphasized, “We have to do this since our voice has not been heard.”
The announcement comes against the backdrop of ten tribal MLAs, including those from the ruling BJP, demanding a “separate administration” for the Kuki-Zo community in Manipur.