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MPA leaders to fast unto death
Published on 24 Mar. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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Prohibitory orders were clamped in the state capital of Meghalaya today following the ousted Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) coalition government's decision to launch fast unto death to protest imposition of Presidents Rule in this politically fragile state. ''I am sure that such agitational programmes, if held, is likely to create law and order problem resulting in loss of life and property, affecting the smooth conduct of the general elections to the House of the People,'' East Khasi Hills District Magistrate B Dhar told reporters here. He said the order would be enforced from henceforth with the issuance of notification by the Election Commission for the conduct of the Parliamentary elections and remain effective till May 20. The MPA has proposed to launch the fast-unto-death agitation programme on March 27 with the participation of the ousted Chief Minister Donkupar Roy and senior MPA leaders. Ever since the dismissal of the MPA government and the subsequent imposition of Article 356, the MPA has chalked out a two pronged strategy to fight against the 'highly questionable and unconstitutional act' of Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary to recommend Presidents Rule, despite the MPA scraped through the vote of confidence with Assembly Speaker Bindo M Lanong casting his vote in favour of the MPA on March 17. ''We are going to gather peacefully without arms and ammunition, not with the intention to create law and order problem, but simply to express our feelings on the injustice meted out to us,'' MPA Secretary Conrad K Sangma told UNI here. ''The same apply to NGOs will be applied to political parties. We are tight and cannot allow one inch ahead to agitate,'' Mr Dhar said. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state ever since the imposition of Presidents Rule on March 19. ''We are confident to maintain law and order and will ensure that there is no breakdown of the same,'' Director General of Police Kulbir Krishan said.

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