Imphal, October 14: KYKL, KCP and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have imposed total shut down in Manipur and Tripura tomorrow denouncing against the alleged Indian colonial rule which came into effect since October 15, 1949.
The shutdown will begin from today midnight till 6 pm tomorrow.
A joint statement of the three proscribed groups asserted that refusal of Tripura Merger Agreement (TMA) and Manipur Merger Agreement (MMA) which were signed respectively on September 9 and September 21, 1949 have been at the very heart of people’s struggle for freedom and change .
The king of Manipur refused to sign the pre-drafted Manipur Merger agreement being supplied to him by the agents of the dominion of India without consulting the Council of Ministers in whom the real sovereign power lies, for Manipur, at that time, had a democratically elected Government with a written Constitution adopted under the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 thereby reducing the king of Manipur to the status of a mere Constitutional head of the State.
The sovereign power once embedded in the body of the king had shifted to the body of the people after the first election held in March 1948 under the Manipur Constitution Act, 1947 on the basis of adult franchise, said the statement.
Therefore Maharaja’s signing of the agreement has gone beyond the legal authority he has been given under the constitution thus rendering the agreement legally invalid. If a treaty is concluded by threats or force, it will be taken as void and null as it violates the principles of international law enshrined in the charter of the United Nations, added the statement.
Tripura was merged into the Dominion of India with treacherous means and under questionable circumstances .The independent-minded people of Tripura, however, stood against the merger.
Tens of thousands Borok people took to the street protesting the perfidious agreement, raising their voice that spoke the Borok spirit of independence and justice. Unfortunately the Government of India suppressed the voice of the people sending many Borok leaders to prison, asserted the joint statement.
The outfits appealed to all the allegedly subjugated people of Manipur and Tripura to show the unity and solidarity to the struggle for National emancipation against Indian colonial occupation.
The shutdown will not cover essential services, added the statement.