Coordination committee will be formed soon to review separate statehood demand

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A coordination committee will soon be formed between the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) to revive the demand for creation of a separate Garoland and Khasi-Jaintia state.

 Informing this on Monday, HSPDP chief KP Pangniang said the decision was taken at a meeting held at Tura recently.

 “We have decided to form a coordination committee to restart the movement for creation of a separate Garoland and Khas-Jaintia state,” Pangniang said.

 He said the discussion will continue among them to ensure that a resolution is passed which will accordingly be submitted to the Government of India.

According to him, the coordination committee would also discuss the issue related to Khasis residing in Garo Hills and Garos in Khasi Hills region.

 He said the demand for separate Khasi Jaintia state and Garoland was raised during the tenure of the former HSPDP leader (L) Hoping Stone Lyngdoh and former Garo National Council (GNC) leader (L) Clifford R Marak.

 Asked, Pangniang said that the HSPDP and GHSMC are raising the issue not as a political agenda but for the larger interest of the indigenous people from both the communities.

 He also informed that the GHADC CEM and Deputy CEM during a meeting held on Saturday last week revealed that their House had already unanimously passed an official resolution for creation of separate Garoland.

 Further justifying the demand, the HSPDP president said as per the State Reorganization Committee of the Government of India in 1955, states in the country have been created on the basis of language.

 He cited the example of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and others. “So we also as Khasis have the right to demand as per mandate given in the Constitution of India,” Pangniang stated.