Imphal: The proposed 24 hours total shutdown called by the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM) from midnight after March 12 could not be withdrawn on Friday after talks between the state government and the tribal students’ apex body failed to reach a conclusion.
The total bandh will be effective in all the hill districts of the state.
According to the students’ body, a meeting between Chief Minister N Biren Singh and representatives of ATSUM was held at the CM’s secretariat on Thursday with regard to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections. However, both parties failed to agree, they said.
“After a threadbare discussion on matters pertaining to impending Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections, no concrete decision could be reached,” ATSUM’s Khaiminlen Doungel said in a statement issued Friday, adding, “Therefore, pursuant to the decision taken in the august house of ATSUM General Assembly at Ukhrul district, the proposed 24 hours bandh from midnight of 12th March will go ahead.”
The body had earlier given March 11 as the deadline to the government to issue ADC election notification. ATSUM also warned of indefinite economic blockade if the state fails to notify the ADC election date.
The tribal student body has been continuously pressuring the state government for timely installation of district councils for the last six months. Many student organisations have extended their solidarity and support towards the proposed bandh called by ATSUM.
Meanwhile, essential services like medical, media, water supply and religious activities will be exempt from the proposed bandh, it said.