HSPDP seeks President's intervention on bifurcation of Meghalaya

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Shillong, Oct 23 (UNI) The Hill State People's Democratic Party, a part of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government has sought the intervention of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on their demand of bifurcating Meghalaya.

In a memorandum submitted to the President, HSPDP president and deputy Chief Minister Hoping Stone Lyngdoh said the past 36 years had convinced the Khasi and Jaintia people on the need to have a separate Khasi Jaintia State.

''The ground for such a conclusion is the fact that there are inherent negative forces in Meghalaya which makes for serious tensions resulting in loss of economic dynamism, widespread discontent especially in the area of employment sharing and overall development of the Khasi Jaintia and the Garo people,'' the HSPDP leader said.

Mr Lyngdoh said, ''The creation of Meghalaya in 1972 was without any consideration of our historical and legal rights over our lands.

''The grant of statehood to us with the Garos in 1972 was, in fact, more of a political expedient act rather than in the letter and spirit of the Instrument of Accession and the Sixth Schedule,'' Mr Lyngdoh said.

''Meghalaya has become intolerable to us because the main laws passed by Parliament are imposed without any exception or modification as envisaged in Para 12 A (b) of the said Schedule,'' he added.

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