The state government's decision to conduct recruitment in the absence of a popularly elected body demonstrated the desperate attempt of the state government to degrade the Autonomous District Councils, ATSUM information and publicity secretary Khaiminlen Doungel said.
O Joy stated the recent induction of eight MLAs from valley in Hill Areas Committee (HAC) and again withdrawing hastily has demeaned the Constitution of India
Several civil bodies in Chandel alleged the state government of undermining and manipulating the sentiments of the tribal populace.
The ATSUM, the ANSAM and the KSO general headquarters and all federating units of ATSUM held an emergency meeting on Monday in Imphal.
Several student bodies of the hill districts came out in support of the 24-hour total bandh called by ATSUM from the midnight of August 22.
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The nodal body of Tangkhul customary chiefs stated that it would give its fullest support in any decision taken by the HAC that concerns the tribal communities.