ANSAM refuses to budge
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 02 (NNN): While turning down all the feelers from the Government to end the economic blockade and work out a solution, the All Naga Students� Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has reiterated its stand that the State Government should first revoke the June 18 declaration as State holiday (Manipur Integrity Day) before entering into any talk.

ANSAM leaders informed Newmai News Network they would never come to the negotiating table and said that the Government should first revoke its decision to declare June 18 as a State holiday.

�There is no point talking with the Government - what benefits will we have in talking to the Government when nothing is going to be productive in the talks�, fumed ANSAM leaders.

The Naga student leaders in an angry tone said that for them it would be a path of no return unless the State Government withdraws its decision.

ANSAM leaders further said that their ongoing agitation would intensify from today onwards adding that the State Government should be held responsible for any ugly and unwanted incidents that might occur during the agitation.

The agitating students informed that in its emergency presidential meeting today they had resolved to intensify the ongoing non-co-operation movement against the State Government.

ANSAM has nothing to do with the press-reports in a State daily on its June-30 edition that a particular UG group was threatening to impose fine on the Imphal truckers, clarified the ANSAM leaders.

The students have also appealed to the general public not to take undue advantage of the ongoing agitation and malign the good name of the student body.

Training its guns on the State Government, ANSAM said �since the present Manipur Government has failed to safe-guard and protect the interest and the rights of the hill people of Manipur, it is quite natural that we the hill people are alienated and thus, we have no more faith in the Manipur Government�.

Ruling out any room for negotiating, ANSAM said that the feelers sent by the Govt would not be entertained.