Forward of Union Residence Minister Amit Shah’s go to to Manipur on December 27, the State’s Zomi ethnic group has renewed its demand for a self-administered zone on the strains of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam.
The Zomi Council, representing 9 Zomi tribes, stated it was banking on the decisive management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Shah and Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council (ZTC) beneath the Sixth Schedule of the Structure.
Based on Zomi Council chairman John Okay. Ngahite, the ZTC was envisaged to be modelled on the BTC.
“With Mr Shah scheduled to go to Manipur, we’re hopeful that an honourable political answer might be expedited for the Zo kindred tribes and the political dialogue with the Zomi political teams for the creation of ZTC might be resumed, as desired by majority tribes represented by the SoO,” he stated in a joint assertion with Zomi Council common secretary Nangzakai Suante.
SoO is the abbreviation for the tripartite suspension of operations among the many Centre, the Manipur authorities and 25 extremist teams belonging to the Kuki-Zomi teams. Whereas 17 of those teams fashioned the Kuki Nationwide Organisation (KNO), eight got here collectively because the United Folks’s Entrance (UPF).
The SoO settlement was first signed by the underground Zomi Revolutionary Military (ZRA) in 2005. The opposite teams got here on board later.
The KNO and UPF had demanded the creation of an autonomous hill state inside Manipur when former Union Residence Minister P. Chidambaram had visited the ZRA’s designated camp in December 2010. The demand advanced into that of a BTC-like territorial council when former Union Residence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Manipur in March 2017.