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HSPDP GNC to meet PM on bifurcation of M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 20:
Published on 20 Dec. 2009 11:09 PM IST
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With the Centre agreeing to the creation of a separate Telangana state, two political parties would jointly meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state and Garo state to be carved out of Meghalaya. “We (HSPDP and GNC) have decided to meet the Prime Minister and request him to bifurcate Meghalaya into two entities,” former Meghalaya Home Minister and HSPDP President, Hoping Stone Lyngdoh said. The HSPDP, having two MLAs in a 60-member House has demanded a separate state for the Khasi-Jaintia people since 1987 while the GNC placed their demand for the past 14 years. “In the past, we have already submitted our memorandum to the Prime Minister and the wish of the Garo people is to have a state of their own,” GNC President Clifford R Marak said. The GNC, which contested the last Assembly election on the plank of a separate Garoland state failed to win any of the seats in the Garo Hills. According to the two regional parties said, three districts in the Garo Hills region should constitute the separate Garo state, while four in Khasi Jaintia hills for the Khasi-Jaintia state. “It’s time the Khasi and Jaintia and the Garo people are separated in the interest of both communities. The people of Garo Hills are facing problems in terms of languages, customs, traditions and cultures with the Khasi- Jaintia people, despite English being the official language of the State,’’ Marak stated. He said public meetings would be organised in various places of Meghalaya to highlight before the public the need for separate states for Khasi-Jaintias and the Garos. Meanwhile, the ruling Congress-led government has decided to adopt a wait and watch policy on the demand to bifurcate Meghalaya into two parts.

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