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NESO criticizes Centre for neglecting Arunachal
Published on 5 Nov. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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The North East Students Organisation (NESO) today castigated New Delhi for showing a 'casual attitude' towards Arunachal Pradesh and alleged that the Centre had failed to develop the state, which was being claimed by China as its territory. According to a UNI report, while condemning the Chinese claim over Arunachal, the apex students body of the North Eastern states has expressed its solidarity with All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) leadership who has been protesting against China's claim in the national capital. NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider said the AAPSU yesterday wanted to stage a protest at the Chinese Embassy but were not allowed and instead many students were detained by the police. '' We condemn such ploy of the Centre to scuttle our democratic rights,'' he added. The AAPSU leadership wanted to meet the Prime Minister and other central leaders to discuss the issue, but neither the PM nor any national leaders gave any appointments to the AAPSU leaders, Gumjum laamented saying, ''we feel neglected because of such attitude of central leaders.'' Referring to Chinas claim, the NESO leader said Arunachal was never a part of China or Tibet and in that case a part of India also. '' But since the people of the state have agreed to abide by the Constitution of India, there is no question of joining any other country,'' he said, adding, Arunachal is still one of the most backward and neglected states of India. '' When China can build a world class railway track using permafrost technology starting from Ghihatse to Lhasa at a staggering height of 16,200 feet above sea level, then in Arunachal why can't we have a single railway line till now,'' he asked. He said political leaders in Delhi used to tell people of North East to join the national mainstream even when people were already with the mainstream. '' Arunachal is the only state where we do not have any sports infrastructure though there is no dearth of sports talents. The largest state of the region is living without a single airport and the local issues are not given any attention by the national media,'' he lamented.

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