A total of 23 MLAs from the BJP-led government in Manipur have jointly affirmed their commitment to safeguard the state’s territorial integrity. They are preparing to travel to Delhi in the near future to implore the central government to preserve the current boundaries of Manipur, which has been grappling with ethnic violence since May.
The resolution states: “We, the undersigned members of the Legislative Assembly, hereby declare our unwavering support for the territorial integrity of Manipur. We categorically reject any proposal for separate administration within the state. Furthermore, we have resolved to journey to Delhi in the coming days to beseech the central leadership to expedite a resolution to the ongoing crisis.”
Among the 23 MLAs are 18 from the BJP and five from allied parties, including prominent figures such as Assembly Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, as well as Ministers Y Khemchand and Bishwajit Singh.
Since May 12, ten tribal MLAs, including seven from the BJP, and various tribal organizations such as the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum and Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), have been advocating for a separate administration akin to a distinct state for tribal communities.