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Pressure groups flays ban on bandh
Correspondent Shillong, Feb 1:
Published on 2 Feb. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Several pressure groups today condemned the Meghalaya government’s decision to ban agitation, bandhs and hartals and demanded that the decision is revoked immediately. Seven leading organisations, led by the Khasi Students Union (KSU), converged at Motphran point this afternoon and denounced the government’s move to ban agitations as “unjustified and undemocratic.” “The unwarranted decision of the Cabinet to gag public movement against wrong policies and decisions of the government is totally unjustified and undemocratic,” KSU president Samuel Jyrwa said. On January 15, the Cabinet decided to ban bandhs in Meghalaya. It took the decision after the recent verdict of the Gauhati High Court holding such protests as “illegal and unconstitutional.” However, the KSU maintained that such protests are required in a democratic set-up to highlight any shortcomings and wrongdoings of the government to the public. “We have decided not to accept such decisions of the government and we shall not succumb to any kind of pressure tactics to prevent us from protesting against any wrongdoings of the government,” FKJGP president Emlang Lyttan said. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Law Bindo M Lanong said that the decision to impose a ban on bandh was in consonance with the ruling of the Supreme Court and Gauhati High Court. The bandh, he said has not only affected the day to day activities of the common citizens but had created a negative impact on the functioning of the educational institutions in the state.

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