ANSAM on ATSUM

NTIMES 23Nov: ANSAM on ATSUM

SENAPATI, Nov 22: The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has at last broken its silence on the question of reviving the All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) saying that it has become necessary to set the record straight in view of recent public statements that have been issued in connection with the constitution of the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur(ATSUM) team.

“The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (AN-SAM) was not informed and unaware of November 2, 2012 formation of ATSUM as declared in the media. We were also not consulted on the constitution of the ‘interim body’ for overseeing the formation of AT- SUM that reportedly took place on November 13 and therefore cannot be a party to that formation,” the ANSAM said today.

While ANSAM is for resolving all outstanding issues among the constituents of ATSUM and revival of the all tribal student body, “it is our appeal to all concerned that the office of ANSAM may not be dragged into controversies without our consent and endorsement. We are totally committed to the ideal of ATSUM and strengthening of ATSUM and will continue to extend all out support to the ATSUM as has always been done in the past,” the Naga students’ body added.

“Despite the momentary differences, we will not shy away from working for the welfare of the tribals at large till such time we can collectively and inclusively struggle together under a legitimately and unanimously installed ATSUM,” ANSAM stated. NNN/TSE

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